Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Kang will fasten into your jaw. The implant will securely hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Your new dental implants will look, feel, and function as though they were your own teeth!
The design of dental implants are meant for Dr. Kang to restore and replace the natural function of a missing tooth. Your natural tooth can be broken down into 2 main parts:
(1) The natural tooth sitting above your gums.
(2) The root that is securely fastened to your bone.
Treatment by dental implants aims to replace these two components using durable materials that look and feel like your original tooth:
(1) New Crown – custom designed to match the shape and shade of your original tooth.
(2) Titanium Implant – restores function of the natural tooth root.
The method by which dental implants are placed into your jaw can vary from patient to patient. We invite you to set up a consultation visit with Dr. Kang so that we can evaluate, present, and discuss your best options.
Yes, absolutely! The key word here is “Osseointegration,” which is a fancy term to describe the healing process of the titanium dental implants fusing with the bone. Utilizing titanium as the new tooth roots, your body will not only recognize and accept the dental implants, but also prevent any chance of infection. This also promotes a much faster healing process.
No other treatments will restore the natural function of a lost tooth better than dental implants. Dental implants can restore up to 90% of your original tooth’s functionality.
- Replace a crown
- Replace a bridge
- Replace a denture
This will depend on the dental policy that you are enrolled in. Here at Premier Dentistry & Implant Center, we will be happy to work with you and help you figure out what your dental insurance has to offer before you undergo any treatment with Dr. Kang.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANT CONSIDERATIONS?
– Rapid bone loss
– Increased risk of gum disease
– Shifting of adjacent teeth
– Premature aging due to jawbone shrinkage
– Changes in chewing patterns and nutritional intake
Damage to adjacent teeth :
In order to prepare for bridge attachments, it becomes necessary to remove an extensive amount of healthy teeth.
Difficult Maintenance :
Cheap or improperly fitted dentures can become too loose to wear, causing pain, difficulty in chewing, and difficulty in speaking clearly.
While fixed bridges and removable dentures are sometimes recommended, they are not always the best solution. Dentures easily slip and cause embarrassing sounds while eating and speaking. Fixed bridges often require drilling away near adjacent healthy teeth, and may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Keeping fixed bridges clean is an additional challenge, as recurrent decay, peridontal ( gum) disease and other factors often lead to their early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7-10 years, which is significantly longer than the average 25-year life span of a dental implant.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artifical tooth root made from titanium. It is used in dentistry to support a fixed restoration and to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Because implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework or dentures. No one will ever know that your new tooth isn’t real.
Dental implants allow you to speak and eat with the confidence you deserve! They are stronger than natural teeth, giving you freedom from loose, uncomfortable dentures. There are no messy pastes or glues required!
Dental implants have one of the highest clinical success rates of all dental procedures, with over 90 percent of cases lasting for more than 30 years.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Dental implants, like natural teeth, have the potential to last for a lifetime when properly cared for. Daily brushing, flossing, and routine checkups are essential. Although implants cannot develop cavities, there is always a risk of peri-implantitis ( the implant version of gum disease) and implant loss if preventive measures are not taken.
Dental implants may seem like a much more expensive option when compared to a bridge or denture, but the initial investment can actually save you money over time. The long-term success of implants typically means that they do not have to be replaced as routinely as other types of tooth replacement restorations.
Yes, it is. Titanium is a highly biocompatible material, that is commonly used in several medical procedures, including joint replacements. It triggers new bone growth in a process known as osseointerration.
Females over the age of 16, and males over the age of 18 generally have adequate jaw growth to support implant placement. Older individuals may also be good candidates for implants if there is enough healthy bone present to support the implant.
In house bone grafting may be necessary if the individual has gone an extended period of time with missing teeth, which can lead to bone resorption.