The loss of teeth used to be considered a natural part of aging, but today, people are living longer and enjoying all that life has to offer longer. You do not have to live with missing teeth. We can restore your smile while improving your ability to chew and enjoy the foods you love. Using tooth implants, you can have permanent, stabilized teeth not just restored but rebuilt from the foundation.
Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts the health of your mouth in both obvious and less obvious ways. Your smile can be noticeably affected. It becomes more difficult to eat and speak. Many patients experience changes in their digestion and their nutrition can suffer. The health of your jawbone is even impacted. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your quality of life. Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can replace missing teeth with the combination of dental implants and prosthetics.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a post that is surgically stabilized into the jawbone. Doing this allows us to create a firm connection directly to your bone, meaning you will have a permanent hold. By rebuilding the base, you will have healthier bone, stronger teeth, and never have to mess with glues or prosthetics that rock and shift in your mouth.
Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with bridges or dentures that are stabilized with neighboring teeth or the use of adhesives, and though the method worked, it isn’t always an ideal treatment. Dental implants are a modern alternative. Implants are a small titanium post, that look like screws with a threaded end and a top end. We surgically insert the threaded end right into your jawbone. The bone then naturally heals and grows over the threaded portion, fusing the two together in a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, the post is stabilized in your jaw, it is strong and immovable. We can then use the post to support a prosthetic device, including a dental crown, a dental bridge, and even a denture. The number of posts needed depends on the work being done, we will go over that while creating your treatment plan.
Dental Implants and Your Jawbone
Dental implants rely on your jawbone for stability. However, shortly after you lose teeth, your jawbone begins to resorb and grow weak. When your jaw is too weak, it cannot successfully support the posts. Your implants may be loose and wobbly, or they may fail altogether.
Even if your jawbone is determined to be too weak to support implants during your initial consultation, this does not mean that you are ineligible for implants. In many cases, a bone graft can be used. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that takes bone material from another area of your body, or from a tissue donor, and transplants it to the weak areas of your jaw, restoring its strength and integrity. Once you have healed from a bone graft, implant surgery can be performed. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. This treatment uses only four implant posts to support your new teeth. The posts are placed specifically to take advantage of your existing bone mass, avoiding the need for a graft.
Dental implants provide several significant benefits, including:
Are There Any Disadvantages?
While there are so many incredible benefits associated with dental implants, there are also a few drawbacks that need to be considered.
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A dental implant that is not placed properly can lead to a wide array of complications. Issues that may arise if your dental implant is not installed correctly range from nerve loss to fractures and even bone loss. For the sake of your oral and overall health it is imperative that you hire only a skilled and experienced dental professional to place your dental implants. Mike Regan, DMD has been restoring and placing dental implants since 1995; and he takes great pride in his ability to place dental implants right the first time.
If you have suffered tooth loss, dental implants or narrow diameter dental Implants can be an ideal solution for replacing them. Call Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 503-654-8283 today to schedule your exam and find out if tooth implants are right for you.