Dental implants provide a foundation of support in the mouth for artificial teeth, helping to eliminate the embarrassment frequently associated with removable teeth. More importantly, implants improve your ability to chew and speak.
The Benefits of Implants are Plain and Simple
Improved ability to chew and taste food
Stable, fixed replacement teeth or dentures
Consequences of Tooth Loss:
Following tooth loss, loss of the underlying bone also occurs. As bone reduction occurs, problems associated with the lack of support can lead to denture discomfort, mobility and lack of retention. Continued loss of bone from the upper and lower jaws can affect the appearance of the face, giving the appearance of ageing.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
Change in facial appearance (ageing)
Dental implants have provided thousands of people are enjoying foods they have not been able to eat for many years.
If you are missing a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Implants have the look, feel and function of natural teeth. They are the most attractive, the most natural, and the most comfortable replacement for missing teeth. Implants can replace teeth that have been missing since birth or teeth that have been lost to gum disease, infection, trauma, or decay. They can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and they can dramatically increase the retention and stability of dentures. Dental implants help distribute chewing forces throughout the jawbone, so they can help restore the chewing ability and comfort lost due to missing teeth. They also minimize the erosion of the jawbone that normally occurs when teeth are lost. Many patients who have received dental implants comment that there is a significant improvement in the quality of their lives. Patients feel more confident and comfortable chewing and smiling.
No matter who the patient, implants can help. Health, rather than age, is usually the determining factor for prospective patients. Implant patients may be young or older adults. Age is not a determining factor.
Are Dental Implants a New Procedure?
No, quite the contrary, the implants we use today have been developed and perfected within the past 20 years. Many implant procedures have become routine to experienced implant specialists.
Are Implants Successful?
Some patients have had their implants for many years. The expected longevity of an implant is often equal or greater than restorations on natural teeth. How long an implant remains depends on the general state of health, habits, and commitment to follow-up, and home care. Implants fail for the same reasons as natural teeth-poor oral hygiene.
What About Rejection or Infection?
Implants are made from biocompatible materials-materials our bodies do not consider foreign-and therefore, no rejection occurs. The possibility of an infection occurring around healed dental implants is the same as that for natural teeth. As with natural teeth, you must practice good oral hygiene to keep the tissues healthy, therefore, implants and replacement prosthesis must be professionally maintained.
Will People Know I Have Implants?
Not unless you tell them. Since the replacement teeth cover the implant posts, no implant components can be detected.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Treatment time for surgical placement of implants and healing depends on the location in the mouth. The procedure can take from three to ten months, or in some cases longer depending on pre-existing conditions. The majority of cases do not require the patient to be without some form of tooth replacement during the restorative phase of treatment.
Are Implants Expensive?
Implants are an investment in your physical and oral health. Dr. Lebowitz will review your treatment plan with you and our Financial Coordinator will discuss convenient payment options with you. Everything will be discussed fully during your consultation appointment. Patients overwhelmingly indicate the positive change that implants have made in their lives. Many feel that the initial financial outlay was minimal compared to the long-term benefits.
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