About Dental Implants
Dental Implants are natural-looking and natural-feeling teeth replacement options
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth anchored by a titanium post (the root) with a replacement tooth or teeth attached to it. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, several teeth as in a dental bridge, or a full arch of teeth.
Dental implants look, feel and act like natural teeth and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Dental implants in their modern form have a proven track record of longevity and stability. Implants have several advantages over other forms of teeth replacement, and with modern innovations in technology, most patients can benefit from them.
Who are candidates for Dental Implants?
In the past, patients with insufficient bone or who had certain health conditions or habits were not considered candidates due to difficulty in implant placement or the potential risk involved.
Developments in bone grafting and bone reconstruction as well as the minimally invasive nature of modern implant placement has made it so that most patients can receive implants. Additionally, there are now implant procedures that can even eliminate the need for bone grafting, making implant treatment faster and more affordable than ever.
People who smoke or who have conditions such as diabetes, can also be treated safely, although more precautions have to be taken.
Ensuring lifelong Dental Implants
When properly prepared, placed and looked after, dental implants can last your lifetime. Key to their endurance is the foundation in which they are placed. We make sure that your implants are embedded in healthy bone and gum tissue.
Using our 3D Cone Beam scanner, we capture 360º views of the jaw, teeth, gums, nerves and adjacent structures. This allows us to see the exact condition of your bone and gums. We precisely plan where to place your implants for best bone volume and density, as well as any other treatment that might need to be done to ensure your implant surgery’s success.
Your Implants are guaranteed
We guarantee our dental implants. We have a very high success rate and feel confident that your implant will last, given proper after care. But if something does happen, we will replace the implant at no extra charge.
Benefits and advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants can last a lifetime
Dental implants use titanium, a non-corrosive, neutral and long-lasting metal. Implants can suffer the same periodontal issues as natural teeth, however, and require good oral care and regular cleanings at the dentist, just like natural teeth.
Dental Implants behave like natural teeth
Once their implant is placed, most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it completely normally, with full chewing power, and they can brush and floss normally as well. Implants used to support restorations such as dental bridges and dentures are also very lifelike in look and function, and the more implants used to support the restoration, the more lifelike it is.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
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Bone in the jaw atrophies where there is no tooth. This is because the bone requires the pressure of chewing to maintain its density. In the first year of losing a tooth, if no implant is placed, the bone where the tooth was loses 25% of its volume, and bone loss continues over the years.
Dentures can even accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridge, gradually wearing it away.
Implants act as natural teeth and provide the stimulation needed to keep bone healthy. This is also true for implant-supported bridges or fixed implant-supported dentures (non-removable by the patient).
Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable
The gap caused by a missing tooth can destabilize adjacent teeth, causing them to shift towards the gap. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your bite and your ability to chew. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease
Gaps from missing teeth can act as traps for food and bacteria and can lead to gum disease.
Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging
As dental implants can prevent bone loss, they can also prevent facial sagging for people who have all or many of their teeth missing. Due to progressive bone loss caused by the missing teeth, the height between the tip of the nose and chin decreases, causing the lower third of the face to collapse.
Changes include excess wrinkles around the mouth, drooping jowls and sagging skin, thinning lips and a more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older than his or her true age.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Stable teeth with good chewing power!
Dental implants provide a far superior experience compared to dentures because of dentures’ unstable nature. Even dentures that fit well when first made soon lose their because of increasing bone loss. Eventually, it’s difficult to keep any denture stable due to wear on the bony ridges that dentures clasp onto.
The most frustrating aspect of dentures, and the most unhealthy, is their poor chewing ability. Below are some of the other drawbacks of dentures, which are handled by using dental implants.
- Dentures often have to be kept in the mouth by using a dental adhesive.
- Dentures have to be removed for cleaning. With the exception of a removable implant-retained denture, your implant-supported restoration can be cared for by brushing and flossing.
- Dentures cover the roof of the mouth. With implants, there’s nothing covering the roof of your mouth to interfere with your sense of taste or other normal activities. Implant-supported dentures can also be fabricated without a palate.
- Dentures don’t provide the stimulation needed to prevent bone loss. Jawbone needs to have the stimulation of high-pressure chewing to keep its volume. Implants ensure no jaw bone is lost.
- Dentures can slip out while eating or speaking. Implants and implant-supported dentures are securely anchored and won’t slip out.
- It’s hard to chew with dentures and you can’t eat a lot of the foods you like or need. Dentures can move while you chew, which is annoying, and also makes it difficult to chew! In fact, dentures generally have only 10% or less of full chewing power. Dental implants have full chewing power and implant-supported bridges or dentures also considerably increase the chewing power.
- Dentures can make noise while eating. With implants or implant-supported dentures, there’s no annoying clicking sound.
- Progressive bone loss as a result of wearing dentures can cause facial collapse. Over the years bone loss can cause the collapse of the lower third of your face, creating excessive wrinkles, sagging skin and jowls, thinning lips and a sunken-in look. This can considerably age a person’s appearance.
Dental Implants vs. dental bridges
A Dental Implant is a more affordable and natural replacement than a dental bridge
A bridge consists of false teeth supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or two missing teeth.
A bridge requires two usually healthy teeth to be cut down, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Bridges tend to have short lives, five to ten years, compared to a dental implant which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical initially, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less.
Complimentary Implant Consultation
Meet with Dr. Henriod or Dr. Miller and learn more about the different options for missing teeth and about the dental implant procedure. Find out which treatment would best suit your individual case that matches your dental goals and your budget. Get any questions answered.
- Consultation with the doctor
- Learn about the different treatment options
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Get all your questions about dental implants answered
- Written treatment plan
To make an appointment, call 626.796.5386 or click here to request an appointment online.