Millions of Americans lose one or more teeth due to injury, tooth decay, tooth fractures with and without root canals and/or gum disease. Today, people with missing teeth can choose to place dental implants. Dental implants are replacements for your tooth roots which acts as a foundation for your missing teeth. In the past, the only treatment options available were dentures and bridges.
In our office we boast that our success rate for dental implants are more successful than 98%. Our secret for success may depend largely on where and how the implants are placed and more importantly what type of implant was used. One of the most interesting things about implants is that there is usually no pain during or after the procedure. Some soreness may be expected but most clients never need any pain meds at all.
The first step is to create a customized treatment plan, prepared by our team of dentists that addresses your specific needs. A 3 dimensional Cat Scan (CBCT) may be required to definitively know where the best placement would be–based on bone density, functionality and esthetics.
The implant will be placed into your missing tooth’s bone socket. This titanium screw will fuse and become one with your jawbone which will anchor it securely, in a process called ‘osseointegration’. The healing process takes up to 12 weeks.
Once osseointegration is completed an impression for your custom abutment and crown will be taken at the same appointment. At the final appointment the post or “abutment” is screwed to the implant to hold your new crown.
The bond created at that junction of the internal hex of the abutment to the Implant is called a cold fusion weld and is extremely strong natural weld.
The type of abutment we use in our office are called “custom abutments’”. This insures correct alignment to your bite and optimal esthetics for the crown to be placed on top of the abutment. If a generic abutment is used it could be misaligned out of the chewing forces which would put increase stress on the implant as well as the cold fusion weld junction which may lead to a loosened or fractured screw causing you to loose the crown and abutment or at worse case scenario –loss of implant. Bone likes to feel a passive pressure.
If you put incorrect forces on an implant the bone will reabsorb and potentially fail over time
If you have several missing teeth, we may recommend using several implants to run a bridge or attach them to a removable denture instead of individual dental crowns. In both options, the new teeth are made to look like your natural teeth (shape, size and color). Moreover, because the implants are held securely within the jawbone, the feel and function of your replacement teeth are just like your own natural teeth.
For people that would like more of a permanent solution to dentures we can make a “hybrid” denture. This denture will be permanently attached to the implants and require removal once a year for cleaning the implants and the denture. It is then screwed back on for another year. How happy will you be not to have to put your teeth in a cup at night= life changing!!
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are a handful of reasons why many people are opting for dental implants.
- Dental implants can improve your smile tremendously. They look and feel like your own natural teeth.
- They do not affect your speech. In fact, implants can help you speak more clearly. With dentures, the teeth can slip and cause you to mumble.
- Dental implants do not cause discomfort. Ill-fitting removable dentures can be uncomfortable to wear.
- You won’t have difficulty eating. Because dental implants are fixed, permanent structures, eating won’t be a problem. You can eat your favorite foods without any pain or worry. You will be able to taste your foods better as well.
- There is no decay possible. Dental Implants are made of titanium.
- No pain during or after placement of implants.
- Finally, dental implants can last for many, many years. In fact, with proper care and good oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime.
Can Children Get Dental Implants?
A lot of children lose their permanent teeth. But most are not suitable candidates for dental implants mainly because their jaws are still developing. If the implant is preformed, it could end up in the wrong position as the child’s jaw continues to develop.
However, there are cases in which an implant becomes a necessary element of orthodontic treatment. Both the oral surgeon and orthodontist will work together closely on any interventions needed to make the treatment successful.
For the most part, children who have lost their teeth don’t receive dental implants while they’re young but they can be eligible for this treatment when they get older.
Is It For Me?
While implants are more expensive, they last significantly longer with no decay issues. Considering the convenience, comfort and confidence you’ll gain from this procedure, it is well worth the investment for your health and well being. Loss of one tooth will create a 20% loss of chew ability (mastication). For multiple teeth you can only imagine the difficulty in chewing your food or how your smile will look to you and to your co-workers or even your boss at work.
But dental implants are not for everyone. We will need to check if you have sufficiently healthy gums and bone to hold the implant. You also need to be in good health. Don’t forget—with out being able to chew your food into small pieces you can’t correctly digest the nutrients in the food leading to poor digestion and potentially bad health ie; diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and high cholesterol to mention a few.
Dental implants are, without a doubt, the #1 choice for patients who require tooth replacement. To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for this procedure, please schedule an appointment with our office by calling (239) 939-7070.
You can also go online to our web site Childrenandadultdentistry.com and on the home screen go into “Complimentary Consultation”. Answer the questions to this short questionnaire, print and bring with you to your appointment to discuss your concerns with us.