Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. This is great news for you … above all, for fooling the aging process and keeping your smile!
RISKS OF MISSING TEETH
If you lose a tooth in an inconspicuous part of your mouth, you might be tempted to forgo getting a dental implant. But, pay attention. There are several health problems associated with missing teeth that a dental implant can help remedy.
Jawbone Deterioration: Your teeth need your jawbone for support, and your jawbone needs your teeth to maintain its structural integrity. If you have a gap in your teeth, the jawbone beneath the gap will eventually deteriorate.
Shifting Teeth: Over time, adjacent teeth will shift into the space left by your missing tooth. This can lead to serious malocclusion and jaw misalignment over time.
Eating Difficulty: Fewer teeth can make it much harder to eat, especially when it comes to hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. Also, the inability to chew properly can negatively affect digestion.
HIGH TECH TEETH
A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth.
Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns , bridgework or dentures by a variety of means.
Dental implants are made of lightweight, strong and biocompatible titanium … which means they cannot be rejected by the body. They have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Titanium has a special property of fusing to bone. This is the biological basis of dental implant success. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you have lost teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you.
Diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or periodontal disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. You will need to discuss your complete medical status with Dr. Braverman and medications you are taking.
Placing implants is generally no more invasive than extracting a tooth. In some cases however, other procedures may be necessary as determined by Dr. Braverman, prior to implant placement depending how long teeth are missing and integrity of bone quality.