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Are There Any Drawbacks to Dental Implants?

a dentist discusses possible drawbacks of dental implants with a patient

So you’re considering dental implants but want to know the negatives. Good! It’s a smart idea to take a full assessment to weigh the pros versus possible cons and how they might affect you.

The first downside of dental implants is their cost. Dental implants are the “gold standard” of dental restoration, but they can be expensive – and aren’t usually covered under insurance. One dental implant can cost a few thousand dollars. A full mouth restoration can cost upwards of $50,000 or more, but financing options are often available. Think of dental investments as a long-term investment in yourself. Quality implants placed by an experienced dentist can last you the rest of your life. 

Another disadvantage of dental implants is that they require surgery and there is a recovery period. After the surgery, it can take six months or more until the implants fuse with your jawbone and permanent crowns can be fitted.

There is also a small chance the dental implants can fail. The failure rate is low but it can result in additional procedures and complications. Always do your research and due diligence when choosing a practitioner.