Dental implants are predicted to become the treatment of choice for these seven reasons:
1. Improved quality and ease of use. Today’s implants last longer and are easier to place and restore than implants from 25 years ago. In fact, implants are now recognized as the best choice in many cases to replace missing teeth.
2. Demographics. Baby boomers are looking for ways to maintain a youthful, attractive appearance. Dentures are not for them. This is the generation that changed American society at every level. And they’re doing the same to the concept of middle age and retirement.
3. The smile factor. Cosmetic dentistry has become an acceptable part of American culture. Implants are an integral part of the cosmetic dentistry revolution. Implant treatment is the lasting solution to missing or cracked teeth or ill-fitting dentures.
4. Extremely high success rates for implants. Depending on the source of the data, dental implant success rates are 95% or higher over 10 years, which is notably higher than numerous traditional services, including root canal therapy. These percentages have led to more practices offering dental implants as a preferable treatment alternative to crowns, bridges, and removable dentures.
5. A better option for denture patients. Most patients wearing full dentures would benefit from dental implants in numerous ways. Patients need to think of implants not as an expensive luxury, but as a standard quality-of-care option. It is important for dental professionals to educate patients about all the benefits that implants have over other treatment options. Remember, no other option has a more natural and unobtrusive fit and feel than implants or implant-retained denture prostheses. Smiling and chewing are basic patient desires.
6. Faster completion time. In the 1980s, dentistry was a field accustomed to short-term treatment procedures, such as cavity restorations and root canals. Initially, the majority of dental implant cases required six to nine months to complete. This was an inhibiting factor for doctor motivation and patient case acceptance. Advances in dental implant systems and component parts, as well as better understanding of bone biology, have decreased treatment times significantly.
7. Increased insurance coverage. More dental insurance companies are covering some of the cost of implant treatment. An implant with a crown is usually about the same cost as a three-unit bridge, but statistically it lasts much longer. No wonder insurance companies are changing their attitudes toward implants.
– Source: Trends in Implant Dentistry – Dental Economics by by Roger P. Levin, DDS, and Kenneth W.M. Judy, DDS, FAGD, FACD, FICD
Dr. Winterholler can give you a free dental implant consult with 3D imaging. See how dental implants can improve your smile!