There are three major culprits in the event of tooth loss: advanced periodontal (gum) disease, advanced tooth decay and trauma.
Once a tooth is lost, tooth replacement becomes important for general health as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. Without a full complement of teeth, chewing efficiency diminishes causing potential nutritional and digestive problems. Unreplaced teeth can lead to tipping, drifting and misalignment of surrounding teeth. This phenomenon can make it more difficult to clean and care for the remaining teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They can serve as the anchors for crowns and bridges or as attachments to stabilize and secure dentures or partial dentures.
Who are Dental Implants for?
Typically, anyone healthy enough to undergo a dental extraction can tolerate the implant placement procedure. The patient should have good oral hygiene and healthy gums.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
Utility- as mentioned earlier, dental implants can be utilized to replace a
single tooth, a group of teeth or to secure a full or partial denture
Confidence- when dental implants are used in conjunction with removable appliances, the replacement teeth no longer slip or loosen
Function- dental implants restore proper function and allow foods to be eaten which are impossible to enjoy with removable appliances
Improved Speech- ill-fitting dentures can distort normal speech patterns. Dentures secured with dental implants can be modified to facilitate normal speech patterns.
Esthetics- dental implants can restore all areas of missing teeth with natural looking permanent replacement crowns or can serve to eliminate the need for unattractive partial denture clasps.
Slow or Stop Bone Loss- dental implants act as a matrix for the bone and effectively slow or stop bone loss in the areas where they are placed
Convenience- dental implants secure removable appliances completely eliminating the necessity for denture adhesives. In some cases, dental implants can replace removable appliances completely.
Predictability- some recent studies reveal a success rate of over 95% for dental implants.
Longevity- studies have shown that dental implants last longer than conventional restorations.
Preservation of Surrounding Teeth- dental implants preserve the tooth structure by eliminating the need to cut adjacent teeth for traditional bridges.