Dental Implants or Teeth?

Dental Implants or Teeth?

Patients often ask if dental implants or teeth are better. The simple answer is if the teeth are structurally sound and have a good long-term prognosis, teeth are always better as they are part of your body.

However, there are situations where the teeth are severely broken down or have catastrophic structural or biological issues. The prognoses of these teeth are poor and they require removal.

Implants are the next best thing to teeth. They can restore the function and aesathetics of the missing tooth. However, even though they look like the tooth, it is not the tooth. As with most things, the devil is in the details. The profile is different from natural teeth, which may result in occassional food impaction. Furthermore, the implants do not feel like natural teeth when you bite down - some patients describe a hollow sensation.

The most important fact is that the dental implant is a foreign body that is embedded in the jaw bone. The success rate of implant therapy is very high, but there is always a chance of rejection. The teeth will not be rejected by the body!

If you have to choose between dental implants or teeth, unless the teeth have a catastrophic problem, the choice is always teeth! They are what God or Nature gave you, and are superior in function and aesthetics.