Dental Implant: A Definition
A dental implant is a completely natural-looking alternative to the traditional “false teeth” options. Where dentures and bridges can be temporary or unstable, dental implants provide long-term stability and security. Composed of titanium metal, dental implants are fused with the jawbone and topped with a top-quality crown to create a strong, beautiful, comfortable smile.
Did you know…??
69% of adults (35-44) have lost at least one tooth due to accident, gum disease, failed root canal or tooth decay
25% of adults, by age 74, have lost all their permanent teeth
No matter the reason, if you are missing teeth, dental implants could be the solution for you!
Quality of Life with Dental Implants
When they count the benefits of dental implants, patients often say the thing they most enjoy is the fact that implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. Implants allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions faced by many who wear dentures. Without dentures, many people experience a sense of renewed self-confidence and rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends. Dental implants offer patients the chance to speak clearly and comfortably, without worrying about embarrassing slips and clicks that can be caused by dentures. People with dental implants consistently say they feel better… they look better… they live better.
Dental Implants: A long-term solution
The first dental implants, placed more than 20 years ago, continue to function at peak performance. More importantly, the patients who received those implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Team Effort with Your, Your Dentist and Your Dental Implant Surgeon
Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology, but also require teamwork from everyone involved – the patient, the restorative dentist, and the oral surgeon. Communication is key, and each member of the team works closely together to ensure that the patient’s needs and expectations are met.
The Road to Implants
After the decision to place a dental implant has been made, the entire team comes together for the evaluation and comprehensive exam of the patient. Surgeon, dentist and patient develop a careful plan of treatment before the work begins. The oral surgeon is responsible for surgically placing the implants, while the restorative dentist takes impressions of the stabilized implants in order to create the crowns.
Continued Care for Your Implants
The teamwork continues long after the implant and crown have been placed, however. Follow-up exams with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and restorative dentist are critical, and progress is carefully charted to provide the highest level of aftercare following dental implant surgery.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. Dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:
- Existing Medical Conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- Gum Disease or Problem Teeth
- Existing Partials or Dentures
- Bone Loss
Tooth Replacement for Growing Children
Implant tooth replacement in children is usually postponed until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, and your family dentist or orthodontist can provide more information about those instances.
If you are ready to find out more and take the next step towards a healthier, more comfortable smile, contact us to make an appointment for your initial consultation today!