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What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

Dental implants have several disadvantages compared to other methods of replacing lost teeth. They include:
  • They're expensive. A dental implant costs much more than a dental bridge or denture. A single implant may cost up to $5000 (and your insurance may not pay for it). However, a dental implant usually lasts longer than other tooth-replacement methods.
  • There can be complications. A 2010 study found that nearly half of all implant patients experienced some form of complication over a 16-year period. Although a complication may be minor, it would require a visit to the dentist.
  • They require a big commitment. From your first office visit to the day your implant is finally completed can take up to nine months, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. You will need to visit your dentist a number of times along the way.
  • They require surgery. Any form of surgery carries the risk of infection and anesthesia-related problems.

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