Dental implants offer a great way to permanently replace any lost teeth, so it's no surprise to find they are becoming more popular. While choosing to have dental implants is often easy enough, you might find it tougher to decide between one-stage or two-stage implants.
The difference is simple enough. While both types are fitted directly to the jawbone, one-stage implants involve only a single procedure. The abutment is attached to the implant and sits above the gums, where it can even hold a temporary false tooth until full integration with the underlying jawbone occurs. In contrast, two-stage implants involve one procedure to fit the implant and then another to place the abutment.
Each option comes with its own benefits and drawbacks, but here are just four reasons to opt for one-stage implants.
1. Lower Cost
When you opt for two-stage dental implants, the implant itself is covered by the gums for several months until it has fully integrated with your jawbone. When the abutment needs to be fitted, another procedure is required to reopen the gums. Since opting for only one procedure involves less time and fewer materials, one-stage implants tend to be considerably less expensive. If you're concerned about the cost of an implant, going for a one-stage option makes sense.
2. More Convenient
The fact that you need to wait so long between two treatments means that two-stage dental implants are less convenient. It's much harder to schedule around two treatments, especially when you take healing time into account, and it's also nice to reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the chair. For those who lead busy lives, one-stage dental implants are likely to appeal.
3. Easier Recovery
Localized anaesthetic will be provided during all implant procedures, but you'll still go through some discomfort after each one. This is often especially true after your second two-stage procedure since your dentist will have had to cut into the gums and place new stitches. While it's still uncomfortable to recover from a single-stage implant, you will generally have an easier time going through one recovery process rather than two.
4. Natural Appearance
If you're worried about maintaining a natural smile, one-stage implants are likely to appeal. Though you won't be able to place full pressure on your implant until the healing process has been completed, the false tooth that a single implant supports can still provide a completely natural appearance. As such, one-stage implants are often particularly recommended for replacing teeth towards the front of the mouth.
For more information about dental implants, contact a local dental office.
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