Many patients who previously suffered from missing teeth, denture soreness, decreased chewing ability or loss of facial structures are now taking advantage of dental implants to solve these problems.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? They are replacement tooth roots made out of titanium that are placed into the jawbone. The process of receiving implants is generally comfortable and the implants literally become attached to the jawbone with a great deal of retention.
THE INITIAL PHASE of dental implants is to have the implants placed into the jawbone. In most cases, the implants require several months of healing before they are restored. During this time, most patients who have worn dentures previously can continue to do so. It generally take anywhere from four to six months for the implants to become completely secure. At that time, the final prosthesis, such as highly retained dentures, crowns or bridges, will be placed.
ADJACENT TEETH ARE NOT COMPROMISED to replace missing teeth.
Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented on them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised.
INCREASED STABILITY AND A SENSE OF SECURITY that teeth will not fall out when eating, laughing or sneezing. People who wear dentures often worry that their dentures will fall out. Since the bone is bonds to the implants, replacement teeth have a stable foundation and are securely attached to the implants, so there is no fear that teeth will fall out.
IMPROVED ABILITY TO TASTE FOOD. Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant-supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so it is possible to enjoy the taste of food.
ELIMINATION OF DENTURE ADHESIVES. Since implant-supported-teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy denture adhesives, which are often needed to keep dentures from falling out.
IMPROVED APPEARANCE. Since implants preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structures, appearance is improved.
INCREASED CONVENIENCE OF HYGIENE. It is much easier to care for an implant-supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth, as opposed to a tooth-supported bridge, which requires the use of a floss-threader for proper cleaning.
HOW LONG DO IMPLANTS LAST? Documented clinical research demonstrates that implant-supported replacement teeth have been successful for over 35years. Theses were some of the first root-form implant cases ever completed and they have been closely monitored from the beginning. Dental implants are designed to be permanent; however many factors contribute to the long term success of implant treatment, such as home care and regular maintenance visit to the dentist.
DO IMPLANTS EVER FAIL? Dental implant treatment is one of the most successful procedures in the dental field, with documented success rates over 95%. Although successful treatment is very predictable, there are rare occasions where the bone does not completely bond to the implants. When this occurs, new implants are placed. Smoking or putting too much pressure on newly placed implants, as with excessive grinding of the teeth, can cause problems with the bone bonding to the implants, and should be avoided.
WHAT IS THE COST OF IMPLANT PLACEMENT? The actual cost of implant treatment is based on a number of factors, such as the number of missing teeth being replaced, the type of implant-supported teeth (treatment option) recommended and whether additional procedures such as bone grafting are necessary to achieve the proper esthetic and functional result. The only way to accurately estimate the cost is to have an examination and consultation with a dentist.