Are you interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants? You are making a wise investment in your oral health and quality of life. Before you are ready to commit to the procedure, we understand that you have plenty of questions. To help you make the right choice for your smile, we have the answers you need.
Dental implants are far different than any other dental prosthetic because they replace both the root and crown of a tooth. By surgically placing an implant post into the jawbone, it replaces the tooth root. The bone will naturally fuse to the post to create a strong foundation for the prosthetic tooth. This allows the post to potentially remain in place forever with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. In fact, the success rate is over 95%.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can stop bone loss in the jaw. The implant post stimulates the jawbone to encourage new growth. This not only preserves its density but protects any remaining natural teeth and your facial structures from deterioration.
Generally, if you have missing teeth you are a candidate for the procedure if you have good oral and overall health. In addition, the density of your jawbone will also need to be evaluated to ensure that it can support the implant posts. Your medical and lifestyle history will also be discussed to ensure that your risk for implant failure is minimal.
Dental implants can be used to replace one, multiple, or all your missing teeth. For a single tooth, an implant post is inserted into the jawbone. An abutment is then connected to it to attach a custom-made crown. If several teeth are missing, a bridge is created, which is held in place using one or two implant posts. An entire arch can be replaced by attaching a denture to the jawb0one using an average of 4 posts.
When compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants closely look and feel natural. The implant posts anchor the prosthetic teeth in place, so you will not have to worry about any slipping, irritation, or discomfort. In fact, when compared to traditional dentures, they provide an increased biting force of over 70%.
You may still be a candidate for dental implants if you have low bone density in your jaw; however, you may need a bone grafting procedure prior to undergoing the treatment.
If other tooth replacement options have failed to give you the quality of life you want, it is time to see if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Barry Grosshandler will perform the consultation you need to start your journey to a complete smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.