What are Dental Implants?
Quite simply, dental implants are replacements for natural tooth roots. These artificial tooth roots attach firmly into the jawbone – becoming quite solid. Your dentist then places a crown onto this tooth root which looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor partial and full dentures.
When are Dental Implants Suggested?
Dental Implants have become the most desired method of tooth replacement in many cases. That is because they are the next best thing to your healthy natural teeth. They are recommended as a replacement for the teeth when:
1. You have one or more missing teeth
2. You have ailing teeth with questionable condition and prognosis with consideration for extraction
3. You have partial or full dentures that are loose or you want fixed natural looking teeth
Alternatives to dental implants are bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. You may consult your dentist or contact us to discover various options that will fit your needs and desires.
What are Some Advantages of Dental Implants?
1. More attractive appearance and self confidence
2. Speech improvement
3. Greater comfort due to lack of bulk or mobility
4. Greater ability to chew food naturally
5. Preserve the jaw bone and the facial structures
Why Should I Have Implants Instead of Bridge
Until recently a fixed bridge was the ideal treatment of choice since no other treatment could replicate the natural dentition any closer. A fixed bridge must be anchored to the adjoining natural teeth. To do so, the natural teeth are prepared and cut extensively. This weakens your natural teeth, understandably with possible future consequences. A bridge is more difficult to maintain a good oral hygiene. It requires threading the floss under the bridge rather than passing it in between the teeth. Many will not or can not perform such a cumbersome hygiene care and as a result the teeth anchoring the bridge end up with tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Why Should I Have Implants Instead of Partial or Full Dentures?
Implants look and feel like natural teeth. As dental implants are fixed in the jaw there are none of the problems that can be associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partials, including:
1. The slipping, irritation and pain that can accompany dentures.
2. The tedious removal for overnight soaking and cleaning.
3. Family members seeing you without teeth.
4. The reattachment with adhesives.
Is There an Age Limit to Receive Implants?
Our patients ages range from 15 to 80 years old. You are only too young if your facial bones are still growing and you are never too old.
What is the Success Rate of Implants?
The success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits, the odds of success is even better.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Dental implants become fixed into the jawbone. They have been in patient’s mouths for over 25 years. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your implants should last a lifetime.
How are Implants Placed?
Depending on your clinical condition and personal needs, dental implants may be placed by various techniques. In some cases you can go home with a tooth on the implant the day that it was placed. Some of the implant placement techniques are:
1. One stage placement with or without immediate loading (temporary tooth placement)
2. Two stage placement
3. Tooth extraction with immediate placement of implant
4. Implants in combination with rebuilding of the jaw bone and sinus lift
5. Implants to retrofit into loose or painful dentures
6. Implants as fixed anchors to speed up orthodontic treatment
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
Dental implants cost about as much as a three-unit bridge. In the long run compared to the other treatment alternatives, the cost of implants will be easily made up both financially and by improved quality of life.
Am I a Candidate for Implants?
Many Factors influence the success of dental implants. New advances in surgical techniques have made implant treatment possible for almost everyone. The limitations are mostly due to the expertise of your doctor and how far you are willing to go to attain successful results. Your best way to find out about your options for dental implant treatments is to schedule a consultation visit with us. We have successfully treated many patients with advanced conditions who have been rejected by others as poor candidates. To find out all your possible treatment options call Cranford Center Periodontics & Dental Implants for an expert evaluation.