Am I a dental
Dental implants are the perfect option for people missing
one, two, or more teeth.
You may also be a candidate for
dental implants if:
What are the
benefits of dental implant treatment?
First of all, you will be able to smile --
a big, healthy, happy smile. You will have
a lot to smile about, too. Dental implants
allow you to speak, eat, sing, kiss - in
other words, do everything you want - with
total self assurance.
United States denture wearers spend over
$150 million a year on adhesives in the
futile effort to hold their dentures in
place. With implants, you will not have to
worry about loose dentures, an
inconsistent fit, or other embarrassments
such as unpleasant taste, bad breath, or
Besides my mental health, do implants have
other effects on my health, that differ
from the overall health care provided by
other treatments for tooth loss?
In addition to
improving your self-esteem, dental
implants will also make a big difference
in your overall physical health and
As a result of
losing one or more teeth, you inevitably
lose mass in your jaw. This affects the
overall skeletal structure of your face
which not only changes your profile, but
also may result in thin lips, drooping
muscles, jowls or witch's chin. Spreading
bone loss in the jaw affects the gums and
ridges in your mouth, as well as the
muscles and nerves in and around the
mouth. These conditions, which are the
inevitable consequence of tooth loss, are
associated with a host of anatomic and
clinical problems, ranging from increased
tongue size, to looseness of remaining
teeth, to loss of sensation, to severely
painful conditions. These conditions may
only be avoided through use of dental
implants, because implants may halt and
even reverse the bone loss that results
from losing teeth.
How do dental
implants prevent bone loss?
stimulation to maintain its form and density. That is why
the astronauts lose bone mass while they are in space -
their bones lack the stimulation that results from our
everyday resistance to gravity. The bone in your jaw is
constantly reinforced by the force applied by your teeth.
transmit force to surrounding bone, so when you lose a
tooth, the lack of stimulation results in bone loss or "resorption".
are inserted into the jawbone in place of missing teeth.
Then prosthetic restorations, like porcelain crowns,
bridge-work, or dentures are attached to a post or
abutment placed inside the implant. So when you chew,
the implant acts like the root of a tooth - it transmits
force to the jaw and stimulates the bone.
It is as if
implants "trick" the bone into thinking there is still a
tooth present. By transmitting the natural forces of
chewing to the jaw, implants increase bone density.
Dental implants have been proven not only to stop bone
loss, but in some cases actually to reverse bone loss
and restore the health of the jaw.
advantage that implants provide over conventional
bridgework is that implants prevent the necessity of
having other teeth cut down, in order to build a bridge
or crown, which is necessary in certain clinical
Can I still
eat my favorite foods with implants?
Implants are remarkably strong, and remember -
they stay put, unlike removable dentures. So
you can eat and enjoy whatever you wish.
Everything from apples to deep-fried anything.
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components of the implant system are
designed for strength. For example, the
implants are manufactured from a
biocompatible titanium alloy, which offers a
yield strength 65 percent higher than the
strongest grade of commercially pure
maximum bite force of a traditional denture
ranges from 5 to 50 pounds. Almost one-third
of denture wearers are able to eat only soft
or mashed foods, and 50 percent avoid many
foods. 17 percent claim that they chew more
effectively without dentures!
contrast, patients with implant-supported
restorations may increase their bite force
by 85 percent within two months of
completing treatment, and by 300 percent
after three years. Implant-supported
dentures and bridges function similarly to
addition, dental implants do not have
problems with caries (decay), root caries,
or hot/cold sensitivity. When you have a
dental implant, you can floss and brush as
you do with your own teeth.
Do implant procedures cause much pain?
In most cases these procedures produce very
little, if any, discomfort. In fact, many
patients do not have to use any pain pills.
Your decision to use implants will help you to
avoid much pain and discomfort in the long
term. Besides, given the overall health care
benefits, you should not deny yourself proper
treatment out of fear of pain.
What if I have further questions?
expect you will. The more you learn about
dental implants, the more questions you may
have. We are committed to constantly extending
our knowledge and improving the benefits of
implant procedures and we are also willing to
share our knowledge with you.