Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, and other causes. In the past, the only viable treatment options were bridges and dentures; however, today, dental implants are a better alternative for people with missing teeth. Since dental implants look, feel, and function like regular teeth, they allow the patient to live normally and smile with confidence.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw. It will bond with the bone over time and thus serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, crown and bridge implants are highly successful. Our statistics confirm a success rate of 90% or better with Nobel Biocare, Astra, Strohman, 3-I, Zimmerman & Lifecore for individual implants* — even higher for the bridges they support. Dental implants placed in our first patient 35 years ago are still functioning today!
* Results based on implants and bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.
How much do implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee for attaching the posts and constructing your replacement teeth. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE
Will dental implants work for me?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Diabetes, bone disorders and smoking may reduce overall outcome. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
BENEFITS OVER TRADITIONAL TREATMENT
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge?
When you lose entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn’t.
Maintained natural teeth:
With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.