Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Implants can replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth when patients are edentulous.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech: With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort: Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Long-lasting: Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • They are permanent: Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

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How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, please visit our office for a complimentary consultation with Dr Philomin.

before and after of a dental implant with a computer guider

Guided Implant Surgery

Patients are often reluctant to get the implant surgery due to postoperative nightmares described to them by their friends and family who might have undergone similar surgeries in the past or heard of such scenarios from their friends and families.

Implant Dentistry has come a long way in the past 10 years. Most importantly technology-driven implant dentistry has reached new heights that most of the treatment is virtually planned using advanced dental implant imaging software’s. Guides are created out of the software and multiple implants are placed with ease and accuracy without the need for extensive surgery. This results in less post-operative discomfort, predictability and an outcome more favorable than ever.

Guided implant surgery uses CT data to examine and pre-plan the surgery, and since precision execution can be done, guided implant surgery provides the following benefits:

  • Accurate, safe, and predictable surgery.
  • Shorter operation time.
  • Shorter healing time with flapless surgery. (No incisions or cutting of gums for exposing bone to place the implant screws).
  • Smaller incisions with less bleeding and pain.
  • Immediate loading can be done. (The patient leaves the office with the implant in the jawbone and teeth that are prepared from the implant emerging out of the gums).

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