About Dental Implants
The lifelike modern solution for missing teeth
Dental implants are the modern gold standard of tooth replacement. They are the most stable and longest lasting option for replacing missing teeth, and they look, feel and act just like real teeth. Dr. Ovadia and Dr. Tanur always recommend dental implants for patients who are able to receive them.
What is a dental implant?
Simply put, a dental implant is an artificially constructed replacement for a natural tooth root. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw to act as a strong root for a replacement tooth. A connecting piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the post and serves as the attachment point for a dental crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
How a dental implant works
The bone into which the implant is inserted actually fuses to the implant surfaces and anchors the implant strongly in the jaw. The integrated implant is then as strong, or stronger, than a regular tooth root.
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They have many significant advantages over all other forms of tooth replacement. Here are some of the many benefits of dental implants.
- You can talk, chew and exert pressure just like with natural teeth
- There is no grinding down and compromising of adjacent teeth to replace a missing tooth, as with a dental bridge
- You have the chewing and biting power of natural teeth. This maintains the bone around the teeth and keeps the implant and adjacent teeth stable. This also preserves the size and shape of the jaw supporting the teeth and prevents the face from collapsing
- You can eat the foods necessary for full nutrition as you can bite and chew foods that formerly could only be eaten after being blended
- The gap left by a missing tooth is filled. This prevents bacteria from accumulating on the adjacent teeth and helps prevent gum disease
Who are candidates for Dental Implants?
Due to advances in technology, most people can now successfully receive dental implants. In the past, people with too much bone loss around the missing tooth could not receive implants. Missing bone needed for successful implant placement can now be regenerated with bone grafting techniques.
People with health conditions that formerly would have made implant placement too risky, can now receive dental implants. This includes people with diabetes, heart disease or who are heavy smokers. Our doctors can work in coordination with your physician to ensure success.
Age is not a factor for being able to receive dental implants. The only age range for which it is not recommended are young people whose jaw structures are still growing.
Comfortable, minimally invasive procedure
Because of major advances in technology in the last decade, Dr. Tanur or Dr. Ovadia can place dental implants accurately and efficiently with little to no cutting or suturing at the time of placement and minimal to no post-operative discomfort.
3D CT scans are taken to obtain a 3D 360° image of your entire jaw, tooth structure and supporting bone around your teeth. This allows the doctors to pre-plan the entire procedure before the day of surgery.
The best tooth replacement option
Dental implants are the best replacement option for missing teeth. For years dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth, but the problem with this tooth replacement procedure is that the patient’s natural teeth must be ground down to attach the bridge to them. This weakens the natural teeth and can cause major complications over time. Plus, the average life span of dental bridges is only 7-10 years.
Implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth
Dental implants look, act and feel just like real teeth. They are a more conservative tooth replacement option as they do not require alteration of the patient’s other healthy teeth. Implants provide the biting and chewing pressure necessary to prevent bone loss. This not only preserves the jawbone supporting the implant but maintains the stability of the adjacent natural teeth as well. Implants can last a lifetime with regular care and are the strongest and most lifelike tooth replacement option.
The problem with dentures as a tooth replacement option
The jawbone supporting your teeth needs the biting and chewing pressure of your teeth to maintain its density and volume. When teeth are lost, the bone under the missing teeth gradually dissolves away and the bony ridge under the missing teeth sinks. When you have no teeth left on the ridge, the entire ridge begins to lose both height and thickness and the lower third of your face eventually collapses.
Dentures have many disadvantages
- Dentures do not provide the biting and chewing pressure necessary to maintain the size and density of the supporting jawbone. The type of pressure exerted by dentures actually accelerates the bone loss and the collapse of the face.
- Dentures slip and need continual refitting over time as the bone height under the denture keeps deteriorating.
- Dentures often need adhesives to be secured in the mouth.
- Dentures have only 10% of natural chewing and biting power, making it hard or impossible to chew many foods that are needed for good health and making it necessary to resort to a blender if you eat those foods at all.
- Dentures can make noise or click when talking or eating.
- Dentures cover the roof of your mouth and interfere with your sense of taste.
Implant-supported dentures restore chewing power
When dental implants are used to support a denture, the biting and chewing pressure on the implants inhibits bone loss in the jaw and the denture will rest on a solid foundation. This greatly increases the denture’s biting and chewing power, and can make the denture function much more like normal teeth.