Benefits of Dental Implants
The Most Durable and Lifelike Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike option for the replacement of missing teeth. They function and feel just like natural teeth, and with proper care can last a lifetime. Dr. Anzalone always recommends dental implants as the preferred tooth replacement choice for all patients who are eligible to receive them.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone to act as a replacement root for a missing tooth. A connecting piece called an “abutment” is placed on top of the implant and serves as the attachment point for a dental crown, a bridge or a denture.
After the implant is placed, the jawbone tissue around the inserted implant grows and integrates (fuses) with the implant surfaces and securely anchors the implant in place. An integrated implant is just as strong as a natural, healthy tooth root.
Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits and advantages that make them superior to other tooth replacement options:
- Dental implants act just like natural tooth roots and feel and function just like real teeth. Most people cannot tell the difference between their implant-supported teeth and their natural teeth.
- Implant-supported teeth have the same biting and chewing power as natural teeth. This makes it possible for you to eat all the foods you require for full nutrition and removes the need to use a blender or avoid certain foods.
- Implant-supported replacement teeth do not require the grinding down and weakening of adjacent healthy teeth, as is necessary when placing a dental bridge.
- Implant-supported teeth keep your adjacent teeth stable. Teeth next to a missing tooth can drift into the gap, which adversely affects bite alignment and can lead to further complications.
- Dental implants provide the pressure stimulation from chewing and biting that is necessary to maintain the volume and density of bone in the jaw. Without this stimulation, the jawbone gradually dissolves away, and if you are missing many or all of your teeth, the lower third of your face can eventually lose so much bone that it gets a “collapsed” look.
- Dentures supported by implants are held securely in place, need no messy adhesives, provide greatly enhanced chewing power and preserve the bone volume in your jaw.
Who are Candidates for Dental Implants?
Due to major advances in technology, most people can now successfully receive dental implants. In the past, people who had lost too much bone in their jaw were ineligible for implants, as implants require a certain amount of bone support to be stable. Using modern bone grafting techniques, Dr. Anzalone can rebuild the necessary bone to support an implant, even for patients who have experienced severe bone loss.
Patients with health problems that used to make implant placement too risky are now also candidates. This includes people who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease and who smoke heavily. Dr. Anzalone works in close coordination with the patient’s physician to ensure that any compromising health conditions do not prevent successful implant placement.
There are no age limits on who can receive dental implants, except for young people whose jaw structures have not yet fully developed.
Minimally Invasive Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Anzalone uses many of the latest advances in technology to make your dental implant treatment fast, comfortable and minimally invasive. He uses digital panoramic X-rays and 3D images to precisely determine where your implants will be placed, and can precisely plan any necessary bone grafting ahead of time.
Dental Implants Compared to Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have long been the conventional method of replacing a missing tooth, but they have distinct disadvantages. For a dental bridge to be placed, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth have to be ground down. This weakens those teeth and can lead to fracture, decay or other complications at a later date. Additionally, dental bridges have an average life span of only seven to ten years.
On the other hand, implant-supported replacement teeth do not require the grinding down of adjacent teeth. An implant-supported tooth provides the chewing pressure and stimulation of the jaw required to maintain the bone volume around that tooth, which is something dental bridges cannot do. And dental implants, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime.
The Problems with Dentures as Replacement Teeth
The jawbone supporting your teeth needs continuous stimulation that comes from regular biting and chewing to maintain its volume and density. When there are teeth missing, that stimulation is absent and the bone gradually dissolves away. When all teeth are missing, the entire jaw loses height and thickness and the lower third of the face can eventually looks “collapsed.”
Traditional dentures do not provide the type of stimulation necessary to maintain the bone volume in your jaw. The pressure exerted on the jaw by dentures actually accelerates bone loss. This speeds up the process of facial degeneration, and can make you look older than you are. Extreme loss of bone can additionally make you more prone to jaw fractures.
Other disadvantages of dentures
Traditional dentures have many other disadvantages that generally make them the least favored replacement option for missing teeth:
- Dentures only provide around 10 to 15 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth. This makes it pretty much impossible to eat all the foods you need for proper nutrition without having to mash up food or process it in a blender.
- Dentures often slip out of place or click and make odd noises while you talk or eat.
- Dentures usually need messy adhesives to hold them in place.
- Dentures often slip while chewing, which can lead to painful gum sores.
- Dentures for your upper arch have a false palate that covers the roof of your mouth. This inhibits your sense of taste and blocks your perception of heat and cold when eating or drinking.
- Due to continuous shrinking of the jawbone caused by missing teeth, dentures have to be repeatedly relined, refit or replaced. This can get to a point where no denture can be made to will fit well.
Implant-Supported Dentures Increase Stability and Chewing Power
When dental implants are used to support a denture, the chewing power of the denture is significantly increased because the denture rests securely on the implants. Furthermore, the biting and chewing pressure on the implants stimulates the underlying jawbone and helps maintain bone volume.
Depending on your needs or preferences, Dr. Anzalone can provide removable or fixed-in implant-supported dentures. Both types are natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing and durable, providing greatly enhanced chewing power. Implant-supported fixed-in dentures are the strongest option, providing nearly the full chewing power of natural teeth.
$79 Dental Implant Consultation
If you have missing teeth, come and see Dr. Anzalone for a Dental Implant Consultation. Find out more about how dental implants can benefit you, learn about the available treatment options and get all your questions answered. Your visit will include the following:
- Oral exam
- Full-mouth digital panoramic X-rays
- Consultation with Dr. Anzalone
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Learn about your treatment options
- Get all your questions answered
Usual value $247
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