are today's best alternative to natural teeth. They can be your
doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
is, essentially, a sophisticated titanium screw which is placed
into the jaw bone to replace the root of a lost natural tooth.
The implant fuses with the jawline to form a secure foundation
for tooth replacement. The end result... replacement teeth that
look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
, irritation and self-consciousness often experienced by people
who have missing teeth, those who wear dentures or who have
suffered through older methods of tooth replacement are overcome
with the confidence of permanently anchored dental implants.
In addition to improving your overall physical health and appearance
it also improves your self-esteem..
A dental implant
is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into
your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants
are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who
have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury,
or some other reason.
in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than
traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring
teeth for support.
are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever
lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth
affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.
Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth.
Maybe your dentures
don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you
are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak
and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news!
Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your
conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent
patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term
studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
Dental Implants Can Do?
• Replace one
or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
• Support a
bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
• Provide support
for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Types of Implants in Use Today
(in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant.
The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically
placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic
teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative
for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
(on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal
framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis.
These types of implants are used for patients who are unable
to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.
of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Every way you
look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem
of missing teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental
implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent
the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework
and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement
Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent
teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered
to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched,
a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with
comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from
the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you
to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy
pastes and glues.
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They
are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate
for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate
bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best
candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues
and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the
dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they
are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists
have experience working with other dental professionals, they
also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that
you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own.
Are dental implants a good choice
In the following
instances, dental implants can help:
• If you are
missing a tooth, or teeth you could be an ideal candidate for
implants, especially if your smile reveals missing teeth!
• If you are uncomfortable with the way your dentures fit. Loose
dentures can cause sore gums because of friction or food trapped
under the bridgework.
• Loose teeth from gum disease may need support.
• Dental implants can give you a new base to support new teeth
to function and feel like natural teeth.
are dental implants more advisable?
are advisable in visible frontal areas or where a missing tooth
could be replaced with a supporting tooth required for a bridge.
of a single tooth.
• Replacement of multiple teeth.
• Replacement of the entire dental arch, both upper and lower.
your dentures loose and your gums sore?
the jawbone looses mass over time. Without a solid base, loose
dentures have a tendency to irritate the gums... causing pain
and sores while at the same time trapping food under the denture.
• Implants combined
with clips or attachments allow dentures to fit tight.
• While refitting or replacing your dentures may work for a
short while, it is not a long-term solution.
The actual procedure
to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anesthesia
and is generally not at all painful. When the anesthesia wears
off about three or four hours later, you might expect some discomfort.
The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient,
but most patients do not have significant problems. Some patients
do have varying degrees of pain or discomfort which may last
for a fewl days. Discomfort is held to a minimum, as your comfort
and safety is our greatest concern!