Why Dental Implants Are Important
Dental implants are not a new procedure. They have actually been in existence for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient times. There have been many variations of the procedure that have been performed throughout the centuries until discovering the technique we use today.
With the use of modern science, we now use titanium or ceramic posts to fuse with the jawbone to create a stable base for a crown. Before reaching this milestone, various other metals were tested as dental implants, some of which include: gold, shells, stone and bone.
Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth and patients love them.
Whether you are missing just one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the comfort and function of natural teeth. Dental implants can help you smile with confidence and eat anything you want, whenever you feel like it!
What is a dental implant?
If you lose one or more teeth, there are different ways to replace that missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant does exactly that. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. They are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant is used as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Who can perform this procedure?
This procedure is performed by a certified periodontist. A periodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease), and in the placement of dental implants. This procedure could also be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, also called oral surgeons. Specialists who place crowns, bridges and dentures on implants are called prosthodontists.
How much do dental implants cost?
Implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth and might not be covered by your dental plan. But in most cases this is a one-time cost, unlike other kinds of tooth replacement procedures.
There are different factors determining cost, namely:
- Whаt diagnostic tеѕtѕ (x-rауѕ, CTѕ, еtс) аrе carried out beforehand to аѕѕеѕѕ the patient’s health.
- Brand of implants uѕеd
- The quality оf the final restoration (dentures) and the customization required
- Thе еxреriеnсе аnd ѕkill оf уоur implant dentist(s) or oral surgeon(s)
What are the components of a dental implant?
is the part of the implant that is embedded in and becomes fused with the jawbone. It is the portion that lies below the gum line and for all practical purposes can be considered to be an artificial root.
is the portion of a tooth implant that lies at and above the gum line. It is the part that supports and secures the dental work (crown, bridge, denture) that is placed on it.
The Dental Prosthesis
refers to the dental work that sits on top of the abutment. Depending upon its design, it may be cemented or screwed (i.e. crowns, bridgework), or else clipped or snapped (i.e. dentures), into place. It looks and functions like a real tooth.
Why are dental implants so popular nowadays?
You improve your facial features and increase your confidence
Dental implants preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. They also reduce the load on the remaining oral structures including teeth and preserve natural tooth tissue and reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your own natural teeth. They will give you the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if your dentures will ever fall out.
It is extremely reliable
If you take care of your implants, regardless of type, they should last as long as conventional restorations on teeth with predictable outcomes.
You improve your chewing and eating
With dental implants you will be able to eat chewy crunchy apples and whatever you heart desires anytime, anywhere.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
With dental implants, you will be able to improve your speech. Unfortunately, with poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within your mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants give you the confidence that your dentures will not slip during your speech in a social setting or any setting, matter of fact.
It’s also more convenient to have dental implants implanted into your jawbone when compared to dentures that are removable and that could require messy adhesives.
Dental implants become and function like your own teeth allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain. They also give you that confidence boost to smile and feel better about yourself and your appearance as a functioning adult.
Dental implants don’t require getting rid of other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact in place which eventually improves long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
With modern science, dental implants technology continues to improve with success rates of up to 95%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime! Good oral hygiene and regular dental check ups with your periodontist are some of the most critical factors to ensure the health and durability of your dental implants.
However, if you don’t maintain your implants, you could develop gingivitis and bone loss. Your implants function just like your natural teeth so they need to be flossed and brushed like natural teeth- every single day and after every meal.
You will also have to see your periodontist twice a year for a checkup and a cleanup.
Can anyone get dental implants? Who is a good candidate?
Not everyone can get a dental implant. If you are not a good candidate, your periodontist will let you know and if you did get dental implants when you aren’t a good candidate, this could lead to short and long term issues.
Peri-implantitis is a chronic infection in the gum and ultimately the bone that supports the implant. It may be likened to the gum disease process affecting teeth. Both will lead to the loss of the supporting structure around a fixed part.
That’s why you need to be thoroughly examined by a certified licensed periodontist like Dr. Weingarden and Dr. Bakuri.
Your first examination will include a thorough evaluation of your mouth and teeth and a deep-dive review of your medical and dental histories. Your mouth will be X-rayed. You might also need a CT scan. This will provide information on the amount of bone in your jaw and its shape and where the nerves and sinuses are.
In order to be considered for dental implants, you need to have:
- Healthy gums with no evidence of gum disease
- Enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw . Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but first the bone must be rebuilt using special procedures.
- A commitment to taking very good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums. Daily brushing and flossing are essential. Regular visits to the periodontist for follow-up & cleanups are also extremely important.
Dental implants are the most natural form of tooth replacement. Not only do they replicate the look, feel and function of natural teeth, but they also prevent the jaw bone from “melting away”. Bridges are prone to dental decay. An implant cannot get a cavity.
Dentures often move, causing speech issues or sore spots, and certain foods become difficult if not impossible to eat. Dental implants can eliminate these denture problems and provide a long lasting answer to missing teeth.
Dental implants are an investment in your overall health and wellness. This is something that will last you a lifetime. It is never cheaper to pay for something twice than it is to have it done right the first time.
An experienced doctor makes all the difference with your dental needs. Don’t be afraid to ask him/her what experience they have with providing your dental care.
At Greater Pittsburgh Dental Implants & Periodontics in Allison Park we have been placing dental implants for over 30 years. Even so, Dr. Weingarden and Dr. Bakuri will tell you that dental implants are not always the best treatment option. We will always work with you to develop a treatment plan for your needs and preferences.
When we speak to our patients here at Greater Pittsburgh Dental Implants & Periodontics, they tell us that they feel that implants have changed their life.
They can now go to dinner with friends and order any food they want and chew it without worrying about their dentures moving around or even falling off.
Do you need dental implants? Are you a good candidate? Call us today to get an evaluation and see if dental implants are a good fit for you.
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