Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth, and are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are placed in your jawbone surgically. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures.
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. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. 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.
We will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Reasons to replace missing teeth
There are many reasons why it's important to replace missing teeth:
- •Having all of your teeth can make you more self-confident. You don't worry that people notice that you have teeth missing.
- •When teeth are lost, the area of the jawbone that held those teeth starts to erode. Over time, you can lose so much bone that your jaw will need a bone graft to build up the bone in your jaw before your dentist can place implants or make a denture that fits properly.
- •Tooth loss affects how well you chew and what foods you are able to eat. Many people who have missing teeth have poor nutrition, which can affect overall health.
- •The loss of teeth can change your bite, that is the way your teeth come together. Changes in your bite can lead to problems with your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint.
- •Losing teeth can lead to changes in your speech, which also can affect your self-confidence.
The key to the success of all implants is a process called osseointegration, in which the bone in the jaw bonds with the implant. Titanium is a special material that the jawbone accepts as part of the body. The ability of titanium to fuse with bone was discovered accidentally. In 1952, a scientist named Per-Ingvar Brånemark was using titanium chambers screwed into bones as part of his research to discover how bone healed after an injury. When he tried to remove the titanium chambers, he found they had become bonded to the bone. This discovery led Dr. Brånemark to do further research into how titanium implants might work.
Dental Implants Versus Alternatives
Depending on your particular problem, implants can be more expensive than the alternatives (dentures or bridge).
While the upfront cost for implants can be more than for other types of restorations, the investment can pay off in the long run. You do not necessarily need an implant for every missing tooth. Your dentist can discuss how many implants you will need. Dental implants are the effective replacement for lost teeth that place into your jaw to hold a false tooth or bridge. As anchors in the jawbone, dental implants form a stable foundation for permanent attachment of the crown; Dental Implants are ideal option for people in good general oral health who lost a tooth or teeth.
Dental Implants are more teeth saving than traditional crown and bridge, grinding of adjacent teeth does not take place, and loss of bone tissue by atrophy is prevented, since implants, as "artificial dental roots", transmit the chewing forces into the jawbone. A single implant as root substitute is the most elegant way of achieving a cosmetically ideal closure of the gap.In completely edentulous jaws, dental implants are a secure fixation method for removable full dentures and so spare the patients the usual disadvantages of conventional "False teeth" and allow you speak and eat with comfort not worries about misplaced dentures. Other benefits of implants include:
•Feel— Because implants are imbedded in your bone, they feel more like your natural teeth than bridges or dentures.
•Convenience — You will not need to worry about denture adhesives or having your dentures slip, click or fall out when you speak.
•Nutrition — You will be able to chew better with implants. Chewing can be difficult with regular dentures, especially ones that don't fit perfectly. A regular upper denture also covers your palate, which can reduce your sense of taste.
•Self-esteemecause implants are so much like your natural teeth, you will think about them less. Your self-esteem and confidence will be improved because you will not have to worry about denture problems or people noticing that you have missing teeth. Regular dentures also can affect your speech, which can make you less self-confident when talking with others.