A growing number of American adults are opting for Dental Implants to replace missing teeth. As a dentist, I know what a wise investment they are since I can see the advantages that occur both above and below the gums.
Using the jaw bone as their foundation, Dental Implants restore the stability of natural teeth. They give back chewing strength and dependability and speaking confidence. And, because they recreate the presence of missing tooth roots, implants halt bone loss that occurs without this stimulation.
Additionally, Dental Implants are an excellent investment. With proper selection, placement and maintenance, Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. An implant will never experience decay, need a root canal, or crack or break.
It is cost, however, that deters some people from moving forward when it comes to this method of replacing teeth. Knowing that implants are the most desirable tooth replacement option, a higher cost (than dentures, partials and crown-&-bridge) is what occasionally motivates some to seek out the lowest price.
Yet, it is seeking out low price vs. high quality that can lead to the greatest number of problems. While Dental Implants have one of the highest of all implant-in-bone success rates, they can fail. Having an implant removed is unfortunate, especially since it is often preventable, starting with the choice of the dentist chosen for your care.
Like many professionals, implant dentists can have varying levels of experience and training. Because there are over 40 different implant types, it is important for your implant dentist to be familiar with all so he or she can select the type best suited for you. Dental Implants are definitely not a one-size-fits-all system.
For example, some implant systems are specifically designed to be positioned in bone that is of reduced depth while others require a specific level of depth. When a lower implant is placed in bone too shallow, it can work its way down to a nerve that runs horizontally through the jaw bone.
In upper implants, insufficient depth can lead to an implant that penetrates the sinus cavity. While this can be avoided by performing a sinus lift before implant placement, your implant dentist must be knowledgeable and trained in this area to help you avoid future problems.
Other issues that may interfere with implant success must also be evaluated prior to placement. An experienced implant dentist knows to look for signs of gum disease, tooth grinding, or interferes that can occur with gum tissue healing.
Selecting the proper number of implants is also important when it comes to a successful outcome. In some cases, several strategically-placed implants can support a full arch of teeth. Or, one or two implants may be used to support a bridge of several teeth. These decisions are best made by an implant dentist who can carefully assess the needs of the patient based upon all implant systems rather than one or two in which he or she has completed weekend courses.
We take great pride in our high success rate and work with each patient to help maximize comfort throughout treatment along with an optimal outcome. For each member of our team, it is important to know our patients have achieved smiling, chewing and laughing confidence.
In all my years of placing implants, I’ve heard each one share words like, “It’s the best investment I ever made.” This is the result of patients who realize they have Dental Implants with the enhanced potential to enjoy them, worry-free, for a lifetime.
If you’re considering Dental Implants, call to schedule a free consultation. I’m happy to discuss my experience, our track record, and which options may be best for your needs. Call 910-254-4555.