At SDS Dental Practice, we have found that dental implants are truly able to enhance the quality of life for our patients. Dental implants can improve our patients' overall health, while helping them gain the confidence that comes from a well-functioning smile that looks good and feels natural.
There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, chiefly that they:
Losing a tooth can be devastating, not only because it affects the way you look, but also because it can lead to other physical problems that may affect your health and prevent you from smiling with confidence. It is vitally important to replace missing teeth with dental implants promptly in order to prevent health consequences such as:
For many patients in our SDS Dental Practice, dental implants offer clear advantages over traditional bridgework or dentures. Before dental implants were perfected, in order to replace missing teeth we had to fashion tooth-supported bridges or removable dentures.
With bridges, healthy tooth structure had to be ground away by reshaping neighboring teeth, which allowed us to use them as supports for anchoring the new bridge. Unfortunately, these support teeth would be subjected to forces beyond their threshold, so the bone surrounding these teeth would begin to melt away and resorb, thus weakening their natural support system.
Esthetically, dark shadows would appear around the bridge as the bone and gum began to pull away from the support teeth. There was also an additional risk that the pressure on the bridge could open up a gap between the tooth and the bridge, forcing bacteria leakage and decay and leading to the possibility of root canals. What’s more, bridges connecting three or more teeth together made flossing difficult or impossible for patients.
The psychological effects of tooth loss are complex and are different for everyone. A person's social life may be severely affected to the point that they will avoid romantic situations for fear their partner will discover the tooth loss. If there is severe bone loss after multiple teeth have been missing for years, facial disfigurement will occur, often accompanied by the appearance of premature aging.
While dentures can give a sense of esthetic security, they can also cause damage by placing excessive forces on the underlying bone structure, leading to bone loss. Eventually, the dentures will need relining or complete replacement. All of these problems can be prevented with dental implants.
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium replacements of the tooth's anchoring roots. Dental implants replace missing teeth by mimicking nature as closely as possible.
At our cosmetic dentist practice, dental implant restorations have three parts:
Let’s look at a cross section of tooth and an implant together to visualize what a dental implant can provide.
Anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. It does not matter how old you are, but it does matter how young. It is inadvisable to place dental implants during in the early teen years, since the dental and facial bones are still forming at that age.
The best time to place a dental implant is at time of tooth extraction, or shortly thereafter. However, we have placed dental implants successfully years after tooth loss. What’s important is the presence of an adequate amount of healthy bone to surround the newly placed dental implant.
Getting dental implants is virtually painless. The science of dental implantology has evolved so rapidly from its early days that it is now a very predictable procedure. Modern implant dentistry began about 25 years ago. However, in the past 10 years, it has been truly perfected.
In our SDS Dental Practice we have achieved a nearly 100% success rate for dental implant placement. Very rarely an implant may not take, but this can easily be resolved with a new implant placement. Dental implants will feel, look, and function like natural teeth. People often tell us they can’t even remember where the dental implants were actually placed in their mouth because they really look and feel like natural teeth.
At SDS Dental Practice, we have never encountered the need to remove an implant or replace it with a new one after years of successful use. We believe that proper planning is imperative to ensuring success. We take meticulous care to ensure the proper distribution of forces in the mouth so that teeth or implants are not forced in the wrong direction or compromised by having excessive force applied to them.
There are no long-term restrictions with dental implants, although caution is needed until the bone is completely healed. When dental implants are successfully restored, it is important to avoid biting hard substances at first.
Imagine: If your arm was in a cast for months, you wouldn’t want to play a game of tennis right away. Your bones would not be accustomed to having so much force on them and would need to be retrained gradually. The same is true for dental implants.
Initially, a soft diet is best for the first two weeks; after that, you can slowly introduce harder foods. Rest assured, you will soon be able to enjoy all kinds of foods. There is no special way to clean dental implants. Brush and floss twice a day just like you would your natural teeth, and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. That's all there is to it!
For more information about tooth replacement using dental implants ,please contact us by phone at 0362570635 or online today.