Tooth loss is common, and the American College of Prosthodontics estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. As we age, this oral health issue only gets worse. When you need to replace one or more teeth, you have quite a…
3 Ways a Dental Implant Is Better
Most of our patients have heard of dental implants , but they may not know specifics about the treatment option. Dental implants are an advanced solution for tooth loss. The implant is a threaded titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw of a patient following the loss of one or more teeth.
Once the implant has been placed at our dental practice, the post will begin to fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue through a natural process called osseointegration. Implants really are an amazing treatment that can restore natural chewing function.
Read on to learn three ways that a dental implant is better than alternative restorative options. When you are ready to learn more about this life-changing restorative option, please call us at (520) 353-3002.
Do you currently struggle with wobbly removable dentures? Even partial dentures rely on small metal clasps to remain still. While these prosthetics offer real and meaningful benefits, they do not truly restore the feel and function of natural teeth.
To understand why, let’s examine the difference between natural teeth and removable prosthetics. One reason why our natural teeth are so effective is that each tooth is snuggly attached to our jawbones. Even when biting the hardest foods, our teeth remain stable and allow us to bite and chew with confidence.
Prosthetics are typically not anchored to the jawbone. No matter how well a removable denture is manufactured, it cannot deliver the stability of natural teeth — but dental implants can.
Dental implants can support a dental crown, a bridge, or a denture. In other words, no matter that your tooth loss situation is, Dr. Asadi can customize a treatment plan to restore natural chewing function and beautiful aesthetics to your smile.
For tooth loss along an entire dental arch, our office offers the minimally invasive All-on-4® method . The advanced restoration allows for the placement of an implant-retained denture through the use of only four dental implants. Imagine, you can regain a full set of teeth without having to undergo multiple and lengthy surgeries.
Most patients are able to complete the implant placements through one visit and with only the need for local anesthesia (and possibly sedation). Some patients may need to undergo tooth extractions to remove any remaining decayed teeth. The implants are surgically placed at a unique angle that maximizes the implant’s stability. Plus, there’s no wait time on your final prosthetic.
No more wobbling. No more embarrassment while eating out. Whether you opt for the All-on-4 method or seek an implant-supported dental bridge or crown, Advanced Family Dentistry can restore stability to your bite.
Better Jawbone Health
Many of us take jawbone health for granted. Our tooth roots act as tiny bone stimulators that continually promote bone regeneration. The loss of even one tooth can lead to bone loss near that tooth. Following the loss of several teeth, bone atrophy can become significant — and noticeable.
This is one reason why elderly individuals who have lost multiple teeth have the appearance of sunken-in cheeks. This is also the reason that removable dentures have to be adjusted every few years. As the bone is reabsorbed, the surface of those patients’ jaws become malformed.
These are the reasons why patients should seek the oral health benefits of dental implants soon after tooth loss. Implants promote bone health just like tooth roots. By placing one or more dental implants, you can prevent the loss of jawbone mass and preserve your natural facial features.
Individuals who wait too long to address tooth loss may need to undergo bone graft or sinus lift surgery to gain candidacy for dental implants. Bone graft surgery can extend your treatment timeline by several months, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll gain implant candidacy if you’ve suffered extensive bone loss following the loss of one or more teeth.
Our advice is to not wait. If you have a tooth extraction scheduled, now would be a good time to consider having one or more dental implants placed. A strong jawbone is something none of us should take for granted. Beyond being important for supporting teeth, a healthy jawbone is cosmetically pleasing. Sunken-in cheeks can leave you looking advanced in age.
Bone loss is already part of the aging process for many people. Dental implants can prevent irreversible jawbone atrophy when the implants are placed in time.
A Lifelong Solution to Tooth Loss
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. The biocompatible titanium posts integrate with surrounding jawbone tissue to become a functioning part of your body. Dr. Asadi will take great care when placing your implant. To ensure that you remain part of the 98 percent of individuals who never experience dental implant failure, remember to:
- Make oral hygiene a top priority
- Schedule regular cleanings and exams at our office
- Reduce or eliminate the use of tobacco products
- Take steps to reduce the risk of trauma to the face
- Follow your recovery guidelines carefully while you heal
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Address gum disease to prevent peri implantitis
Implants are the only permanent solution to tooth loss. Are you tired of frequent adjustments to your current prosthetic? Removable dentures must be adjusted to account for changes in the surface of your gums, which often result from jawbone atrophy. Partial dentures require periodic adjustments too.
Once your dental implants are placed, your jawbone will enjoy stability, and you won’t have to worry about your prosthetic irritating the surface of your gums. Normal wear and tear will mean that you will eventually have to replace your implant-supported prosthetic, but replacements may be as rare as every 15 or 20 years.
In this blog, we described the three most significant benefits of dental implants. Implants are also incredibly safe. Millions of Americans have undergone the surgical placement of implants, and we now have decades of studies and research that has followed the health outcomes of those individuals.
Patients can enjoy further benefits by working with the dental team of Advanced Family Dentistry. Our doctor, Payam K. Asadi, is a highly trained general and cosmetic dentist who is dedicated to providing excellent care for his patients.
He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at The University of Arizona with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) before attending the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. He is a member of the American Dental Association.
By working with the dental team of Advanced Family Dentistry, patients will also have the benefits of sedation dentistry. Sedation allows patients to relax in a dream-like state throughout their implant placement procedure.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Now that you know three important benefits of dental implants, take the next step and set up a consultation with our doctor. Dental implants deliver life-changing benefits. Following your restorative treatment, you’ll be able to smile and chew with confidence.
To discuss the many benefits or to get started, call (520) 353-3002.
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