Most of the discussion on our web site and on many facebook pages these days centers around implants. Yes, the technology of Implants has truly been one of the most exciting and forward thinking developments in the last 50 years of dentistry. However, on more than one occasion, I have read of an individual who is on the verge of having ALL of his remaining teeth removed and having them replaced with implants; and as I have examined some of their diagnostic records, I feel the need to urge him to STOP, and reconsider his decision.
Once you have all of your teeth removed, there is no going back. In many instances this is, in my expert opinion the right course of action to take. However, this decision must not be taken lightly. I hear from so many people, that after years of dealing with recurrent dental problems--failed root canals, fillings that keep falling out, pain and infections that never seem to let up—they have had it and all they want to do is “take them all out!” Again, I totally understand where these individuals are coming from, what they have been going through, and why they have come to this final decision. And, in many instances, I would agree that this is the right thing to do. But, not always!
For over 35 years, I practiced periodontics and oral surgery. Most of what I did focused on helping people to try to retain their natural teeth. And I can honestly say that in most instances, we were successful in attaining this goal, and the majority of my patients felt that the quality of their life was so much better because of it. Yes, it very often is possible to avoid losing all of your teeth.
Implants have added so much to the practice of dentistry and for so many people it has truly transformed their life. However, as with everything in life, there are some positives and some negatives, and the negatives are not always considered at the critical time that a decision is made. There is no such thing as a panacea and implants are no exception to this universal truth.
My take away message in what I am saying is this: the decision to have all of your teeth removed is a life-changing one; making such a decision out of fear or desperation is not a wise thing to do. Please, do your research, and become as informed as you possibly can. We at Global Dental Healthcare are here to help you in any way that we can, to guide you in making the wisest decision possible.