||August 23rd, 2007|
Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth? Are you tired of your dentures, and struggling with denture adhesives? If you want to smile, eat, and speak with confidence again there is good news! Dental implants are the cutting edge technology that replaces the root portion of missing teeth. They look and feel so natural that you would never know you lost the teeth in the first place.
Dental implants are extremely aesthetic. They feel and look like your own teeth. Since dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, they prevent the bone loss that is typical of dentures, and conventional bridges. Dental implants do not sacrifice your adjacent teeth like a bridge because the teeth do not need to be altered to support them. This leaves your own teeth intact which is very beneficial to long term oral health.
Dental implants can also serve as anchors for a denture or a partial to snap into preventing it from slipping when you are speaking or eating. You will be able to bite into an apple or a sandwich again and say goodbye to messy denture adhesives.
The ideal candidate for an implant is a healthy individual who is in good general and oral health. There needs to be enough bone in the jaw to support your implant, and the gum tissue needs to be healthy. If there is not adequate bone levels for the implant, the surgeon may discuss bone augmentation procedures with you. The implant procedure itself is a team effort between you, your dentist, and the oral surgeon or periodontist. Your surgeon will consult with you to determine where your implant should be placed.
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant by the surgeon and a crown by your dentist can replace it. The implant replaces the root portion and the crown will replace the tooth portion. If you are missing several teeth, implant supported bridges may be the treatment of choice. If you are missing all of your teeth, implant supported full bridges, or a full denture supported by implants may be your best option.
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable, but like anything else you have to take care of them. Implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the key to saving your implants as well as your own teeth.
When you choose dental implants you can enjoy the beauty of a natural looking smile, reclaim your ability to eat foods you love, and regain the confidence to interact with family and friends. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but they improve the quality of life.
Thomas P. Baglio, DDS & Rabee McDonald, DMD
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
1060 E. Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025 760.747.1811.