1) Dental implants are accepted as the most successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today. Dentists themselves opt for this treatment when faced with the prospect of losing teeth.
2) There are over 150 manufacturers of dental implants worldwide. Only five companies have clinical trials supporting treatment protocols for over 40 years. Nobel Biocare remains the pre-eminent company in this sphere. Beware of cheaper imitations.
3) Implants can be used to remove the need for unstable or ill-fitting dentures. This can be a life changer for patients who struggle to eat a meal or who have difficulties and embarrassment in social situations.
4) Age is no barrier to treatment. We have successfully placed implants into patients in their 10th decades. The benefits to the elderly are often the greatest as nutrition is vital to their continued good health.
5) Implants replace natural teeth, look and behave like the real thing. In many circumstances they look even better.
6) The age of keyhole surgery is now with us. Using CAD CAM technology implants can be placed accurately and painlessly through the gum. This avoids sutures and speeds up healing. It also makes the prospects of same day teeth a reality.
7) The same technology makes bone grafting and complicated surgery less likely. Before making the necessary financial commitment to have implants make sure your dentist has also made the same commitment to provide the most up to date solutions for you.
8) Maintenance and good hygiene around implants is vital to long term success. This has never been easier. Hygienists and therapists now use air flow abrasion to clean implants and natural teeth painlessly. No need for the dreaded metal scrapers!
9) Implants can be expected to last for decades, perhaps even a life time. Most outcomes are retrievable allowing maintenance, update and repair. It is best to avoid cemented restorations which make this difficult and may cause irritation to the gum tissues.
10) Dentists who have successfully placed implants over several decades build up the treatment skills and knowledge required to avoid problems. Combine that with a willingness to embrace new technology and you are in safe hands.