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Dental Implant Overview


A solid foundation worth smiling about


dental-implant-before-and-after.jpgWhen natural teeth fall out or are compromised, the damage goes well below the surface of the tooth, and even the gum line. The damage goes deep into the root and the roots are destroyed and lost. And when the roots are lost, the bone that once supported and surrounded those roots starts to deteriorate. This is called bone resorption. When bone resorption occurs, it causes the face to collapse into the mouth. The entire facial structure is compromised, and drastic changes in appearance occur; the lips fold in and the lower face shrivels up to create a witch-like chin and deep contours around the mouth create “marionette lines.” These changes are so severe they make a person look twenty years older than they actually are.

The more missing teeth, the quicker and more severe the bone loss. For those missing all their natural teeth, bone loss can become so severe within just a few years it can become difficult to wear removable devices such as partials and dentures. There is simply little bone left to support them.

That’s why it’s so vital to replace the tooth root with a dental implant and not just the visible part of the tooth (the crown). The natural tooth roots, or in the case of missing teeth, dental implants, are embedded in the bone, and thus, preserve the bone. The bone forms a bond to the implants and functions as natural tooth roots – providing a solid and permanent foundation for biting and chewing.

 

Dental Implants: The new standard of care for tooth replacement

A missing tooth is a very obvious dental problem. Whenever you open your mouth to speak, or eat or smile, anyone you’re in the company of can see the gap. It can be embarrassing, and affects a person’s confidence, quality of life, and overall health. Missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance. The condition also leads to bone loss in the jaw, the abnormal shifting of other teeth, as well as bite problems. Missing teeth cause the jaw bone to melt away (resorption), cause cheek bones to collapse inward, the nose to droop and point downward, and increase widow lines and wrinkles – all which add to the look of premature aging, and decreased reasons to smile.

Dental implants have become the viable treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the “standard of care” for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants actually help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This also helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure.

There are many advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. Traditional options call for grinding down adjacent teeth for a bridge, or securing a partial denture to natural adjoining teeth with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth and cause serious damage to the gum line. With dental implants, no such action is needed, so people are spared problems associated with traditional false teeth.

Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. The Implant Center at Dental Associates continues to have outstanding success in replacing missing teeth with implant-supported fixed bridges. Whether you are missing one, many, or all of your teeth, the dental implant specialists at Dental Associates provide the service that is most appropriate for you. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, they will help you regain the self-confidence, quality of life and smile you may have lost when you lost those teeth.


What is a Dental Implant?


dental-implants.pngA dental implant is a small titanium device that serves as the replacement for the natural root portion of a missing tooth. Titanium is used because of its strength and because it is a biocompatible material readily accepted by the body. It is the same material used in orthopedic implants. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws, and because titanium has such high biocompatible properties, the living bone tissue in the jaw adheres to the implant surface itself, allowing the implant to become one with the bone. The jawbone believes the titanium implant is a true root and therefore fuses with it as if it were a natural tooth root. The results are the creation of the perfect anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth. Implant teeth are strong, stable, pain-free, worry-free and permanent.

 

Why Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants keep the integrity of the jawline and facial structure. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. Shrinkage of the jawbone can make your face prematurely age. 
  • Dental implants keep any healthy remaining teeth healthy. Dental implants are stand-alone solutions to creating teeth. There is no need to use any other teeth in the mouth to support or hold them in place. 
  • Dental implants are permanent. There are no loose parts to worry about. Dental implants are secured in place, stable, comfortable and can last a lifetime.
  • Dental implants restore self-esteem. Look better and feel better about your appearance and yourself. Dental implants look, feel and act just like real teeth.
  • Dental implants are easy to take care of. Caring for dental implants is the same as caring for regular teeth. Brush your implants just like you would natural teeth, and visit your dental hygienist for regular maintenance.

For even more reasons to choose dental implants from the Implant Center at Dental Associates, see our Dental Implants Benefits page.

 

Are Dental Implants Successful?

Yes. You can see it in our patients’ smiles. With more than five decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm dental implants have a success rate of 95 - 98%. They are a permanent solution that could last a lifetime. And now with the latest technologies and most advanced techniques, you can get dental implants quicker and more efficiently than ever from the Implant Center at Dental Associates.


Who Places the Dental Implants?

All dental implants are placed by highly trained Dental Associates implant surgeons and restored by experienced restorative clinicians who are specially trained in all aspects of replacing missing teeth. The entire Dental Associates dental implant staff has received specialized training. Our clinicians have extensive postgraduate education, have attended hundreds of hours of clinical seminars, advanced implant educational courses, various mini-residency programs, and some board certified or board eligible in their respective fields. Our surgeons are also educated in oral sedation and anesthesia. Be assured that you will have the best care from the best dental professionals.


How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Fees vary because they involve several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support the new replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your new smile. Once we take a look at your mouth and verify your specific needs, we will be able to offer a more specific cost. Every case is tailored for the individual. We promise you personalized attention and the best treatment for your specific situation.




 

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