Here’s some background information about dental implants, the best tooth replacement option available, from fellow implant provider Dr. Stuart Froum in New York:
Are you self-conscious about missing teeth? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. Today, around 42 percent of Americans over age 65 are missing all of their natural teeth. In fact, history shows that the way our teeth look and feel has long been a concern, and one we try to fix. We’ve all heard the stories of George Washington and his wooden dentures, right? Turns out it’s not quite true, but the fact of the matter is that he did have several sets made from “exotic” materials — and had mouth pain to go with them.
Thankfully, in these modern times, we have modern alternatives. One of our more popular services among patients who are missing teeth or have extensive tooth damage are dental implants. In fact, many folks — in New York and beyond — are embracing the opportunity to update their smiles through this procedure.
What is a dental implant?
Teeth have roots, and when they are missing (along with the tooth itself), an artificial one can take its place. These dental implants are inserted into the jaw to hold replacement teeth in the right spot. More from Dr. Froum
Dr. Robert Harrell and his skilled team at Harrell Dental Implant Center use various types of implants to address a variety of functional and/or aesthetic issues. Here’s a sampling:
- Broken, damaged or missing teeth
- More secure alternative compared to dentures
- Bridge replacement
- Loose or ill fitting dentures and subsequent bone loss
- To maintain jaw bone integrity after tooth loss
- To maintain facial bone structure and profile
Dental implants are nearly equal to natural teeth in their appearance, durability and strength. They are far and away the best tooth replacement option that has ever been available.
If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist/periodontists to see if dental implants are an option for you.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Read more at Lifeology 101
Laying a Strong Foundation
Some clients who have been without their teeth for extended periods may have experienced bone loss in the jaw which prevents immediate placement of implants. A bone graft will be necessary in such cases to make implantation possible. More information about bone grafts for implants is available from dental health giant Colgate:
For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw. The bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, it may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.
If the X-rays show that your jaw does not have enough bone to hold an implant, the dentist can discuss options for building up the bone. These may include bone grafting or bone distraction. Grafting involves taking bone from another source and adding it to your jaw. A graft could be your own bone, from your mouth, chin or hip. Processed cadaver, cow or pig bone also can be used. Another option is a synthetic material such as hydroxyapatite or calcium phosphate. Bone distraction is a surgical procedure at the site where more bone is needed. It causes the body to grow more bone by slowly pulling apart the existing bone using pins and screws.
If you need one of these procedures, it will take about 4 to 12 months for the bone to be ready for the implant.
First surgery — implant placement
Month 1 (if no bone grafting is necessary)
Month 5 (if bone grafting is necessary)
Once you have enough bone to successfully hold an implant, you will schedule the first procedure, which involves placing the implant or implants in your jaw. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/article/single-tooth-implants
Harrell Dental Implant Center is commited to helping every client have the functional, healthy smile they deserve. Let us help you regain your self-confidence with a beautiful smile restoration with dental implants. Contact us today to schedule your free smile consultation.
Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $95 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. We look forward to hearing from you.