Dental Implants - A Natural Looking Solution

Dental Implants

A Natural Looking Solution

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Dental implants are the most natural, conservative and predictable replacement for missing teeth.  They are a means of having FIXED prosthesis. With the presence of implants, you no longer need to have a denture that moves around, floats, requires adhesive glue or pads.  They provide excellent support and stability for the replacement of some or all of your teeth.

Dental implants are artificial roots are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The bone grows to the anchors and then replacement teeth are attached to the implants. The replacement teeth are very natural looking and enhance and restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or parts replaced due to normal wear.  Dental implants are one of the best treatment alternatives for patients missing one, some or all their teeth. When properly placed, implant supported crowns, bridges and dentures are esthetic, highly functional, very comfortable, predictable and long lasting.

ADVANTAGES

  • Do not require the cutting down (preparation) of healthy sound teeth on either side of the missing tooth area.
  • The most natural, conservative and predictable replacement for missing teeth.
  • Can be used to replace single and multiple teeth with crowns and /or bridges.
  • Preserves the jawbone architecture and prevent bone attrition due to denture or partial denture wear.
  • Functions as well or better than natural teeth.
  • Very esthetic results can be obtained.
  • Implants do not decay and are not sensitive to temperature changes.
  • Implants have high success rates and long term documentation.
  • Teeth on implants can be modified in the event changes occur to neighboring natural teeth, minimizing extensive re-treatment. 

DISADVANTAGES

  • Requires surgery.
  • Initially more expensive.
  • Requires more time to complete treatment. Time line is dependent on complexity of the treatment. It takes time for bone to grow to the implants.
  • Requires a high level of specialized skills, both surgically and prosthetically to attain predictable results. May require orchestration of several specialists in very complicated treatment scenarios. 
  • Not all implants work. The majority of implants have success rates that now exceed 96% (dependent on skill of the clinician).
  • Today every one is an “implant” expert and it is difficult to determine who and where the real expertise is located. If a dentist does one or ten implants a year, there is a serious lack of experience. Ask, how many have they done, how long have they been doing it, do they perform both the surgery and the prosthetics, if not who does the surgery and who has ultimate responsibility for overseeing treatment? If they are well versed in this newly expanding area of dentistry they should be able to provide a list of patients who have had similar treatment that you can call and ask questions as to their experience. “Let the buyer beware” applies to all area including implants. 

TEETH IN A DAY

Today’s society demands immediate solutions to virtually all our problems. Given technological innovations and an ever-increasing knowledge base, many aspects of our lives get better and better. Think about your teeth for example. In the past when teeth were removed due to a host of conditions, the solution was always a full denture or a removable partial denture. Advances were made in the 40’s and 50’s and fixed replacements (bridges) became available to most people. But when all the teeth were lost, dentures were still the only replacement. Many changes have taken place since and we can make dentures fit better. Bottom line however, it’s still a removable replacement that comes out of your mouth often when you least expect it or food gets under and it hurts your gums.

Enter a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Dr. PI Branemark in the late 1970’s. He discovered titanium dental implants. These were introduced to the USA in 1982. I took my training from him in ’83 and have been doing implants ever since. In the early days a very rigid and strict protocol was followed. Place the implants and let the bone grow to them for 4 to 6 months before you can attach a denture to them. Since that time there have been many advances. The surface of the implant has changed so bone grows to it much faster, the threads are more aggressive so they grab the bone better and we learned that under the “right conditions” you can fasten a crown, a bridge or a denture immediately after placing the implant(s) in the jaw. Immediate fixation and gratification strikes again.

Today a long time patient came in for a re-exam and she asked me a question that startled me a little. She had lower implants placed 17 years ago at my office and has a fixed lower denture. They look and work as good now as they did when we first placed them. She is happy with the choice she made those many years ago and has had a better quality of life as a result.

There are some basic requirements that come into play, but if you have the right quality of bone, you can leave the office with a fixed prosthesis. We use computer enhanced treatment planning and implant placement techniques to restore those that have essentially no jawbone at all. We can do immediate load implant treatment in the upper and lower jaws. We can grow bone if necessary and don’t ever believe it when someone tells you that you can’t have implants because you don’t have bone. It’s lack of experience and knowledge talking on their part and not fact. There are many different options when it comes to implants that vary in both expectations and expense. After all is said and done, we offer a quick fix to those that have denture problems, partial denture problems and missing teeth in general and have been doing it for a very long time.

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