Before dental implants became a popular way to replace missing teeth, bridges and dentures were the only way to restore a patient’s ability to chew properly and speak clearly after having teeth extracted. However, if a patient is a candidate for dental implants, this can be the most reliable and practical long term solution. Dental Implants are an excellent replacement for your real teeth.
The actual implant replaces the root of your tooth, and once surgically placed into the mouth, can hold the new tooth in place for years, and often for a lifetime. It will feel as strong and solid as your own tooth. In addition, your implant will help maintain the health of neighboring teeth, which are prone to shift or move when there are empty spaces beside them.
Implants have the following advantages:
- They are strong, and look and feel just like natural teeth.
- Placing implants requires three stages, placement of the implant into the jaw, healing time and placement of the finished tooth. However, these stages can sometimes be combined into one visit. This is determined on a case by case basis.
- Implanted teeth will not move or slide, and do not require any adhesive to keep in place.
- Implants should be brushed and flossed along with other teeth to maintain their health and longevity, but do not require any specialized treatment or care.
Because the implant is placed directly into the jaw, just like a natural tooth, it is important that the bone is strong enough to hold it. After a tooth is removed, the bone around that tooth weakens, especially over time, and needs to be strengthened again before the implant and new tooth are placed. This can be accomplished through a bone grafting procedure. During this simple and painless procedure, the oral surgeon will add bone to the jaw near the implant site. This new bone will fuse with the existing jaw bone, creating a strong base for the new tooth.
Dental Implants may initially be more expensive than bridges or dentures; however they are much longer lasting and more comfortable. It can sometimes take several visits to complete the implant process, especially if bone grafting is required. However, in the long run, implants are the closest thing to real teeth, and will give patients with missing teeth their smiles – and their lives – back.
To learn more, or to see if you are a candidate for dental implants, Contact Us to schedule a consultation.