Doctor Darryl Lung Talks about Dental Implants
The best thing about implants is that, in my opinion, you’re talking something that’s inorganic versus organic. What I mean by that is teeth are organic. Teeth can fail because of the natural bacteria that happens to be in your mouth, the natural flora, if you will. Implants are titanium and they are inorganic. They cannot be eaten or dissolved by bacteria. And right there gives you an advantage where maybe, maybe you’re not the best at keeping your teeth or your mouth clean. Your implant is still going to last a lot longer than teeth. Secondly, an implant can take the place of a missing tooth without jeopardizing or affecting other teeth. When you are missing a tooth, in the old days before implants, you were either left with an option of a bridge or a removable partial denture. Either of those options had to rely on anchoring on those teeth, which now, in my opinion, you’re saying to replace one tooth, sorry, you have to rely on at least two other teeth if you’re doing a bridge across-the-span or multiple teeth to support the partial where you’re anchoring that partial on the teeth. Always replacing one tooth, you are utilizing other teeth which, eventually, is a detriment because the just the functional aspect of that, where an implant supports itself, maintains itself, and does not affect other teeth.