Dental implants are a safe, medically proven answer to
missing teeth, failing bridges and crowns and loose dentures. In a sense, the
implant replaces the root part of the tooth below the gum. In a sense, the
anchor or foundation on which a lot of different options can be placed, whether
it be a bridge, crown or denture.
Is it painful? Generally, no. Most patients find extractions
to be more uncomfortable after the procedure. The reason for this is that bone
only has nerve endings on the tissue on top of the bone; there are very few, if
any, nerves in the main inside part of the bone. A tooth on the other hand has
a lot of nerve endings in the ligament that attaches the bone to the tooth.
Best reasons for implants?If you have a space in between two teeth that
have never been filled, implants are the best answer. It is a shame to place a
bridge in this situation and the implant is considered the standard of care.If you have a tooth that has broken down to
or below the gum line, it makes more sense to extract the tooth and place an
implant rather than paying for a root canal, aperiodontal procedure called crown lengthening, a post and core and a
crown. The success rate for the implant is higher and the procedure more comfortable.