Dental decay and tooth loss can be an inevitable part of life. While treatments have improved drastically over the last few decades, there are some circumstances where decay is so severe that it is impossible to return your tooth to the way it was before.
In some instances, extraction is the only viable option. This can have a negative impact on your confidence, as well as inhibiting the function of your mouth.
In the past, patients had to live with the pain, loss of function and unsightly appearance of decayed and missing teeth. Today, the emergence of dental implants as the premier solution for tooth loss and dental restorations make regaining a purposeful, attractive smile easier than ever before.
Implants are a highly successful dental solution that allows patients to replace teeth that are badly decayed, damaged or in need of extraction.
While they are able to restore the function of your mouth, many patients also choose them purely for cosmetic reasons, as they can transform the shape, size, and overall appearance of your teeth.
Each dental implant is made using three components:
A titanium post. This is embedded into the jaw bone where it fuses, creating a firm foundation.
An abutment connector. This joins the post to the visible part of the tooth.
A crown. This is the part of the implant that people will be able to see, but it will look and feel just like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?
There are several reasons why dental implants have become the most popular choice for patients looking to restore the health, function and appearance of their smile.
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device, at around 98%.
Strong and Durable
The ultra-strong titanium posts fuse to your natural jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This creates an extremely secure foundation for your implant. Dental implants are considered to be among the most durable of dental restorations, and with care and attention they could last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a permanent solution. This means that once they are in place, you won’t have to worry about removing them. They are also extremely discreet. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t need to be removed for eating, and they won’t slip and slide when you talk. They feel and behave just like natural teeth.
The crowns used in your implants can also be color-matched to your existing teeth, or created in your desire shade of whiteness, giving you a beautiful, natural smile.
Bridgework and dentures can be uncomfortable inside your mouth. However, the simple design of dental implants means that once they are in place they will feel so comfortable that you will probably forget that they aren’t your natural teeth!
Retaining damaged or decayed teeth in your mouth can cause more damage for your oral health. By removing them and replacing them with dental implants, you can help to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible and support your long term dental health.
The standard process of fitting dental implants requires two visits to our offices. During the first, the titanium posts will be inserted into the jaw bone where the implants will be located. You will be anesthetized for the duration of this procedure and once the posts are in place, you will be fitted with temporary crowns. These will act as your teeth until the posts have fused to your jaw bone and your final crowns are ready to be fitted.
During your second visit, you can expect your final, chosen crowns to be secured in place using abutment connectors. Your new, permanent smile is then ready for you to share with the world.
The high success rate of dental implant surgery makes it a viable option for most patients.
However, before we will recommend you for any dental treatment, we will ask you to attend a comprehensive consultation appointment here at our Wall Street office where we can assess your candidacy in detail.
We may refuse dental implant surgery to any patient who:
Has jawbones that are still developing
Is dependent on drugs and/or alcohol
Has an autoimmune disorder
Has uncontrolled diabetes
Has previously received a high dose of radiation to the head or neck area
Has insufficient jaw bone density as this will mean the implant post cannot be supported
Dental implants can transform your smile and help to preserve your long-term dental health. Dr. Yan and the team at FiDi Dental are committed to delivering positive experiences through exceptional quality dental procedures and patient care. Make an appointment at our contemporary, state of the art facility today.