Whenever a tooth is missing, one should think about whether or not to replace it. In a situation like this, there are usually two options: bridge or implant. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but we prefer the single tooth replacement – a dental implant.
Are you struggling with the decision to get an implant placed? Also, which implant will your receive?
There are currently more than 1000 different dental implant companies in the world. Many countries, including China and Korea, are now manufacturing dental implants, and prices vary. The FDA only requires that ‘equivalency’ be shown to an already approved dental implant system. Unfortunately, there are no long track records, clinical data, or scientific documentation to show how these implants will work in patients’ mouth long term.
It helps to know which implant type you are getting as low-cost implants. So-called ‘clone’ implants have a similar design to the ‘premium’ brand implant but they do not have long-term clinical data to prove that they are equivalent. Very cheap implants may have a lingering question mark associated with it.
The size of dental implants also varies based on missing tooth size and available bone support. When one loses a tooth, planning for its replacement is critical. Ideally, the site is preserved with a bone graft at the time of extraction. Afterward, the surgeon may select an ideal implant type to replace the missing tooth.
After initial extraction and grafting procedure, healing must take place for couple months. This depends on the site and type of grafting used before the implant fixture is placed. After implant placement is successful, osteointegration must occur before the implant crown can be fabricated.
Check out our blog next week to find out what you should know about dental implant restoration?