Why Replace Missing Teeth?
There are more reasons to replace your missing teeth than a gap in your smile. Missing tooth gaps are very cute….in the grandkids’ smile. Most adults feel extremely self-conscious about their smile if they have experienced tooth loss. This alone is reason enough for most people to consider tooth replacement options.
What many people are not aware of, is the impact that missing teeth may have on your health. There are many reasons why a person might have lost a tooth. Trauma to the face might have caused a tooth to be “knocked out.” In other instances, it might be that a dentist or dental specialist has indicated that a tooth has a cavity, which cannot be repaired and so should be removed. In rare cases, a medical condition causes the premature loss of a tooth. And, there is always the inevitable age factor, when the natural life of a tooth (or multiple teeth) has come to an end.
What is not commonly known to most dental patients, is the impact that tooth loss may have on your dental health. When you lose a tooth, there is a small area on your jawbone that no longer needs to provide support. The tooth, and most likely, the root structure of the tooth is no longer present. Because that need for support is no longer in evidence, your jawbone begins to lose its strength and firmness. This deterioration does not happen over night, but it is a concern for anyone who has missing teeth.
This loss of jawbone is treatable. For patients who have experienced this difficulty, it is possible that a bone graft will correct the problem.
Preventing Jawbone Loss
It would be best to avoid that scenario altogether by considering options that will prevent the loss of jawbone. The best solution from a health and a function perspective is the placement of dental implants. The base of the dental implant (the post) serves as a substitute for the missing tooth root structure. Dental implant patients can be secure in the knowledge that their dental health is safe.
Dental bridges and partial dentures do not prevent bone loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can protect your dental health by simulating your natural tooth and tooth root structure.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a manufactured post that is designed to create a stable foundation for a natural looking tooth restoration. Placed directly into the jawbone, a dental implant is the closest thing to your natural tooth.
There are two parts to a dental implant which simulate the strong holding ability of the tooth root. The main part of the dental implant is embedded in the jawbone for an effect that is vastly stronger than dentures are capable of. The second part of the dental implant is a post that protrudes above the jawbone and gumline, to provide a fixed point to attach the tooth restoration that will simulate the crown.
To replace one tooth, a single post is all that is required. For the replacement of multiple teeth, it might be necessary to place several dental implant posts. Your implant dentist will discuss your treatment needs during your initial consultation.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental Implants are the modern day solution to missing teeth. Dentures have progressed a long way since ivory prosthetics, but many people with missing teeth are still looking for a better solution.
The most traditional way to solve the problem of missing teeth is to use dentures. In the distant past, dentures have been made from ivory, bone, and porcelain. Although modern plastics allow us to provide dentures that are a little more comfortable, many patients still complain from denture pain, especially those patients with a full set of lower dentures.
Other considerations make dentures a poor solution to missing teeth. Modern technology allows for an accurate fitting of dentures for each individual’s mouth. Even with such advances, there is still a problem of denture slippage and discomfort. If you are missing teeth, you want a solution that is as close to your natural teeth as possible. That is why dental implants are the best alternative to dentures.
Dental implants are very strong because of the method of placement. There is no problem with slippage, which means that you can eat and speak with comfort and confidence. Looking at a smile with dental implants is like looking at a smile with natural teeth.
Mini Dental Implants
Undoubtedly the lower denture presents the most difficulty for patients adjusting to dentures for the first time … or even for experienced denture wearers. It can be frustrating as you attempt to eat certain foods, or even to speak with confidence without fear that your lower denture will begin to float in your mouth. More Info
The Dental Implant Solution
Many affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® have recently introduced a new treatment procedure called a Denture Stabilization System, often referred to as Mini Dental Implants (MDI). Essentially it is a dental implant system that in most cases can be placed and attached to your lower denture in the same visit. Within one hour you can be on your way with a secure lower denture, and able to eat and speak much more confidently.And most importantly, compared to traditional dental implant systems, the mini dental implant systems are much more affordable.
A Simple Dental Implant Procedure
The MDI system consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in the dentist’s office. The procedure generally takes just over 1 hour. It is a one step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery with no sutures nor the typical months of healing.
Mini Dental Implant Benefits:
- Eating and speaking with confidence
- Nutritional health benefits of eating foods you haven’t eaten for years
- Convenience of not needing adhesives or pastes
- Improved bone retention and related oral health benefits
If you would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate for Mini Dental Implants, please contact us to schedule your Complimentary Consultation.
What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.
What is a Periodontist?
Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They have had extensive training with three additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.
What is a Prosthodontist?
The prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They formulate and execute treatment plans for the construction of corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw. A prosthodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental treatments aimed at improving the appearance of the teeth. Some general dentists focus specifically on the esthetic aspect of a smile to improve the appearance of the teeth using bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics, or implants.
What is an Implantologist?
An Implantologist is a general dentist who performs both the surgical and restoration phases of the dental implant placement procedure.
Financing Dental Implants
Payment plans and credit arrangements
Most dental insurance companies do not cover dental implant surgery. For prospective implant patients, financing your procedure may be desirable. Implant dentists are familiar with helping make dental implants affordable.
We also offer extended payment plans, no interest payment plans and low monthly payment options. If other financial payment plans are necessary to help you get the care you need, we have just what you need.
We want you to experience the beauty of a healthy smile. To find out more about our financing options and how we can help you afford the dental services we offer, please contact us to schedule your Complimentary Consultation
Please call: (510) 232-3143 or send an email today.