What other options do I have, and what are the pros and cons?

What are the main advantages of implants over bridges, dentures and other solutions?

With dental implants, the mouth is restored as closely as it can be to a natural state.  By replacing the root, the function of natural teeth can be replicated.  They provide a strong, stable foundation that gives a natural feel and allows comfortable biting and chewing.  And all this can be achieved without anything in the mouth looking artificial.

Implants eliminate some of the key problems of dentures, bridges and other replacement techniques.  These include poor fit, gum irritation, pain from nerve compression, difficulty maintaining hygiene, effect on speech, effect on nutrition because of restricted diet, and bone loss in the jaw.

In addition, implants offer the following benefits:

Implants preserve your remaining teeth.  Replacing teeth the traditional way requires grinding down adjacent teeth, affixing clips to them, and often placing significant extra chewing loads on them.  With implants, adjacent natural teeth are not compromised.  Studies show that dental implants reduce the need for later restorative work on adjacent teeth.

Self-confidence and enjoyment of life.  Many people who have had an implant procedure say that it boosted their overall quality of life and self-esteem.

Predictability.  The track record of dental implant treatments shows reliable successful outcomes compared to bridgework, removable appliances and repeat root canal therapy.  And implants will never click, slip or fall out while you are talking or eating.

Improved appearance.

Implants preserve and can restore your facial structures.  Since implants prevent bone resorption that occurs with the loss of teeth, facial appearance is improved.

Even when only one tooth is replaced, long-term appearance is preserved better with an implant than with other tooth replacement methods.  Avoiding a visible bone defect, especially in the front, helps keep your lips and smile young and attractive.

When multiple teeth are missing, wrinkles can appear around the mouth or the entire lower third of the face can gradually collapse due to bone loss.  Implants can virtually eliminate these problems.

Durability.  Long-term data shows that implants last much than conventional restorations.  Many implants last a lifetime.  According to the IDIA, implants are generally 92%-98% successful for periods of up to 40+ years.

Cost.  The long-term cost of implants is often lower compared to life-long struggles with poorly performing temporary solutions.  And now, newer technologies and protocols have brought opportunities for new levels of affordability.

Convenience.  The newer implants and the protocols that Cambridge adopted early and that we’ve developed over the years have been refined into a procedure that can be done in 1-2 hours, allowing you to eat the same afternoon with little or no discomfort, using your new, permanent teeth.

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