We all hope to keep our teeth for our entire life, but things don’t always go according to plan. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, millions of people are dealing with at least one missing tooth. Many millions of those people have lost all of their teeth.
Missing teeth are a serious problem that affects much more than esthetics. If you don’t replace a missing tooth, you might be setting yourself up for additional tooth loss.
If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are second to none. Dental implants not only look natural, but they also ensure that you can chew properly. At Lake Erie Dental, we invite you to find out for yourself why dental implants are such a great option for replacing missing teeth. Call us today!
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Whether you are missing one tooth or many, dental implants will give you the most natural tooth replacement available. Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life. In addition, your teeth will appear natural and your facial contours will be preserved.
But the only way to know for sure if they are right for you is to have an examination. Erie dentist Dr. Kevin Sambuchino can determine if your mouth and jawbone are healthy enough to sustain dental implants. He will conduct a dental/radiographic examination and take a health history. During these consultations, your specific needs will be addressed, and your questions will be answered.
What Makes Dental Implants Such a Great Option?
Dental implants are put directly into the jawbone to take the place of the missing tooth and root. They are made of titanium, which is generally well accepted by the body.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, Dr. Sambuchino will be able to begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes about four months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
The implant functions similarly to a natural tooth as well. Unlike with dentures, where there are a number of restrictions on foods, you can chew normally with dental implants. You can enjoy all your favorite healthy foods!
Conventional Versus Laser-Assisted Implant
Laser-assisted implant placement differs widely from the conventional implant placement in that no incisions or sutures are used during implant placement. Instead, a small circle of gum is removed using a high-speed CO2 laser allowing for placement of the dental implant. The laser allows this procedure to involve little to no blood. It also sterilizes the tissue at the surgical site decreasing the chances of infection. The combination of the implant and the minimally invasive technique has shown to dramatically reduce or eliminate the post-operative pain, swelling and bruising often associated with dental implant placement.
Are Implants Difficult to Maintain?
Taking care of dental implants is easy, but you do have to be diligent about proper oral hygiene: Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Although dental implants cannot develop decay the way your teeth can, you can still get gum disease with dental implants so flossing is crucial.
You also need to visit your dentist every six months for routine check-ups. Dental implants are durable, but they can become worn over the years, so having your dentist examine them regularly is essential if you want them to last.
Call Lake Erie Dental to find out more about dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth. We look forward to seeing you!