Dental Implants

In addition to destroying a beautiful smile, there are several negative after-effects of losing a tooth:

  • Loss of full chewing function and distorted bite
  • The surrounding teeth will begin to shift, further distorting your bite
  • Because of the added stress that is placed on healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, this can eventually lead to the loss of more teeth. Teeth tend to support each other. And, once you remove that support, just like removing one post in a picket fence, the whole row is weakened. Eventually, the whole row can be lost.

As significant as these problems may be, one of the more serious after-effects of missing teeth is the loss of bone in the jaw. When teeth are removed, Mother Nature assumes there is no need for the bone that supported the teeth. After all, that is the primary job of your jawbone. Over time the bone slowly, yet progressively diminishes. In fact the upper and lower jawbone get smaller or shrink – 40% the first three months and 10% every decade thereafter. This can lead to very serious consequences.

But, there is a way to avoid these problems – Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. We use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Basically, an implant is an artificial tooth that is made to fit into the jaw bone, just like your natural teeth.

Until recently, almost all implants were made of titanium. These implants were working well enough. However, titanium is a metal and putting any metal in the body is questionable. Current research has shown that titanium can cause chronic inflammatory reactions.

Fortunately, a new ceramic-based implant material is now available that has been in use in Europe for over a decade – zirconia. This is a space-age material that will actually fuse with living bone, creating a strong structural support for the artificial tooth.

Not to be confused with zirconium (which is also a metal), zirconia is a crystal that is closely related to cubic zirconia – a man-made diamond.

In addition to the use of a more biocompatible material, zirconia implants have another important distinction. Titanium implants came in two separate parts – the root and the crown. This required two dental procedures, separated by up to 6 months or more.

Also, after extraction, a titanium implant requires 3 to 6 months for the gum to heal. So, the whole process could take up to a year.

On the other hand a zirconia implant can be one or two pieces, whereas a titanium implant can only be a 2 piece. This provides the potential to reduce the number of appointments.

Titanium – Two Part System (Can take 6 months to a year)

Zirconia – One Part System

Here’s what you can expect when you chose zirconia dental implants:

  • You can feel proud to show off your new smile because you have regained the closest thing to the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.
  • You can enjoy the way other people respond to your new smile.
  • Because you can now chew properly, you can enjoy all the foods that used to be too difficult to eat.
  • You can feel confident that your new teeth won’t loosen or move.
  • You can speak more freely and confidently without fearing that your dentures will fall out.
  • No more gooey adhesives or having to remember to place your dentures in a cleaning solution at night.
  • No more irritated or painful gums.
  • You can help stop the loss of more teeth, because you now have teeth that will support each other.
  • Best of all, you can stop the progressive bone loss and shrinking of your jawbone because your implants will mimic the roots of your natural teeth.
  • And you can expect these benefits to last a long time because dental implants have a clinically proven success rate of over 90% - almost twice the success rate of a fixed bridge.

Bone Grafts
If the implant site does not have enough bone volume to support the appropriate sized implant, you will need a bone graft. Bone loss can be the result from periodontal disease, injuries, cysts, infections or an extracted tooth. Normally, it can be determined if you will need a bone graft from your x-ray prior to surgery, but in some cases it is not discovered until opening the implant site.

Bone grafts are very safe and effective in the dental implant restoration. Once it is placed, it will help replace missing bone, stimulate bone formation and increase bone volume.

Dental implant patients experience the benefits of new and permanent teeth, as well as a renewed confidence and improved quality of life. Contact us for more information about Dental Implants.

 


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