Missing a tooth or teeth for most people can be a problem as normal contour, function, comfort, esthetics, and speech are compromised. With continued advancement in the dental field, challenging clinical situations is now a reality with a predictable success rate.
The most natural option to replace a lost tooth is to use an implant. Dental implant is a replacement tooth that is recognized as the standard of care for tooth replacement. There are numerous advantages of this treatment modality over any other prosthetic restoration such as FPD (fixed partial denture aka “bridge”) and RPD (removable partial denture).
When a tooth is lost, it’s best to consider implant replacement as early as possible to prevent bone loss. Without the natural tooth to stimulate the jaw, one starts to experience bone loss underneath it. The bone that used to support the natural tooth will begin to shrink, just like the “use it or lose it” phenomenon. Imagine a 200 lbs. body builder who completely halted his training after some years, do you think he will still look the same? Of course not! Same as the unstimulated bone, the bone volume decreases as time goes by, causing the face to look prematurely aged. By placing dental implants, not only it provides preservation of facial bone but also it provides foundation for replacement teeth that will look and function like natural teeth. Hence, many people are rediscovering the joy and comfort of having to eat and speak well once again!
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental Implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. They are not typically placed in adolescents until they have reached their full expected physical maturity. If you feel implant dentistry is the treatment of your choice, we suggest you go through an implant consultation in order to review your medical & dental history and diagnostic aids (such as radiographs, computed tomographic scans, models) and verify periodontal stability by means of clinical and radiographic assessment. The trained dentist can determine the best treatment plan for you. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor to explain the benefits and risks to see if tooth replacement with implants is best fit for you.
If you have been told that you don’t have enough bone to hold the implant, grafting and augmentation procedures are done to regenerate and improve the lost bone and gums to safely place an implant.
Today’s Dental Implants
The modern dental implant is a titanium screw and abutment that is anchored into the jawbone where it serves as a post for custom-made tooth crown. Dental Implants are available in several different designs, addressed according to your specific needs. A single tooth, several teeth or entire arch can be replaced by dental implant.