Are Dental Implants Always the Answer?
Early in my years of practice there were denture mills. They were large offices where people could go to have their teeth extracted, and have dentures made all in the same day. Some denture practices such as that still exist today. They are a necessary adjunct for people who have no options to save their teeth.
Many patients have come into our office stating that they want all their teeth extracted. We routinely offer solutions that are more comfortable and less costly than the full extraction route.
Today, there are dental implant centers that do only one thing: remove your teeth and put in implant-supported teeth. They are the new denture mills. The ads look nice, and frankly, that is a great service for someone who needs it. We’ve been providing the same service for years, and the patients who do need it are very happy.
If you go to a denture mill you are likely to be offered only one choice, dentures. Likewise, when you go to a dental implant center you’re also likely to be offered only one choice, dental implants. That’s a shame, because if your teeth can be saved, it may be a better option than dental implants. As good as the advertising is dental implants can have problems too. They must be maintained and cleaned just like natural teeth need to be cleaned, and, dental implants can fail as well.
What is the patient who is frustrated by his or her teeth to do? Visit with us so we can assess all your needs and inform you of the pros and cons of every option. We will give you that evaluation to help you make the choice that is best for you.
Don’t assume that dental implants are the only answer. Allow us to discuss all your options so you can make an informed decision with confidence!