What Are The Downsides Of Dental Implants?

Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing teeth, not all procedures are ideal for all patients. The dentists provide you with several options. There are bridges, veneers, dental implants, etc.

Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They are gaining popularity day by day. Despite their positives, dental implants also come with several complications.

5 Disadvantages Of Dental Implants

Before getting dental implants, it is critical to know their disadvantages. The reasons you might want alternatives to dental implants are:

  1. Expensive
  2. Require surgery for placement
  3. Bone loss around implants
  4. Improper plant placement
  5. Restorations need replacement


  1. Expensive

The major disadvantage of dental implants is that it is costlier than other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures. A single implant can cost you thousands of dollars. Dental implants are more like a one-time investment. You can talk to the dentist about insurance options before surgery to lift the burden of implants off your shoulders.

  1. Require Surgery For Placement

Although oral, dental implants are still major surgery. There is a 5-10% chance of failure of surgery. The dentist needs to make an incision on the gums, and drill a hole in the jaw bone before placing an implant. The risks of a dental implant include infection, damage to other teeth, nerve damage, gum bleeding, nerve damage, etc. If the patient is willing to take these risks, then they can have dental implants.

  1. Bone Loss Around Implants

It is common to lose bones around your implant. Although dental implants are inserted to retain jawbones, they may also contribute to the issue. The implant might fail to hold on to the jawbone too. The patient might need bone grafting surgery if they lose too much bone around the implants. 

  1. Improper Implant Placement

Inexperienced dentists charge less than most dentists. This makes them more appealing to some patients. Dental implants are a major oral surgery procedure. It takes a steady hand to drill into the jaw and insert the titanium screw. That is why you should always have your surgery performed by highly skilled and experienced dentists.

  1. Restorations Need Replacement

Dental crowns are attached on top of implant. Over time, these crowns can wear down. There might be various reasons for this- crown can be chipped or cracked, staining, loose crown, etc. The dentist needs to make a new crown if such incidents occur. 

Who Should Not Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are not suitable for all. Patients with the below conditions may not be good candidates for dental implant.

  • Patients with uncontrolled diabetes
  • Patients with cancer or those undergoing chemotherapy
  • Alcohol addicted patients
  • Patients with preexisting gum disease
  • Those who smoke regularly

The Bottom Line

Dental implants are preferred for their natural look and the way they can restore your smile. You should consider both their pros and cons before deciding to get one. The ultimate choice is up to you and your dentist.

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