According to the American Dental Association, dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the past four decades, as they closely resemble the look, feel, and function of real teeth. This has made them one of the most recommended solutions for replacing missing teeth, as well as an alternative to treating severely damaged or sick ones.
However, perhaps people in the City of Brotherly Love should not immediately opt for dental implants in Philadelphia when they have lost teeth or have problems with them. This is because a new literature review has suggested that natural teeth still last longer than implants even if they have endured damage. A research team presented this idea after reviewing 19 published studies focusing on the survival rates of both natural and implanted teeth over the past 15 years. As detailed in a report on MedScape.com:
The review found that 15-year tooth loss rates range from 3.6% to 13.4%, whereas implant loss rates range from 0% to 33%.
Liran Levin, DMD, from the Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, and Michal Halperin-Sternfeld, DMD, MSc, from the Department of Periodontology, School of Graduate Dentistry, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, published the review in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
"The results of this systematic review show that implant survival rates do not exceed those of compromised but adequately treated and maintained teeth, supporting the notion that the decision to extract a tooth and place a dental implant should be made cautiously," the authors write.
For patients considering replacing damaged or sick teeth with a dental implant in Philadelphia, it is recommended that they consult with their dentists first on whether getting one is truly the best solution for their problems. Careful consideration may not only help them pick a suitable treatment, but also help them save on the costs of dental procedures.
To determine their best option, they can visit practitioners in the area, such as Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD. These professionals offer cosmetic and holistic dentistry services and can discuss all possible dental solutions with patients.
(Info from Natural Is Better: Teeth Last Longer Than Dental Implants, MedScape Medical News, September 30, 2013)