Dental implants are not dentures. For many people who had missing teeth, the only solution in the past was bridges or dentures, which created restricted diets and embarrassing mishaps when bridges or dentures slipped. These poor-fitting dentures actually wear the jawbone down even more and create more pain for the denture wearer.
For many people though, this was the only option available until recently. Unlike dentures or bridges, a dental implant is not removable. It resembles a real tooth and is surgically screwed into the jaw bone during surgery. This new technology is durable and effective, and because they are surgically embedded, they don't interfere with your diet or slip out of place.
Although there are no guarantees with anything, their success rate is very high. Five year studies have shown that those in the upper jaw are 95 percent successful and those in the lower jaw are 90 percent successful.
If you are unhappy with your smile because you have missing teeth, and you don't like the idea of dentures or bridges, you may want to consider the option of dental implants. There are several choices available, and if you're not sure what your options are, it may be time to schedule a visit with Dr. Markovitch s and find out which is the right choice for you.
Why Dental Implants?
A dental implant is the best option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium post is surgically placed into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth (crown) onto the top of the post.
This solution has advantages over a bridge because there is no need to grind down the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the post. An implant is an exciting procedure that is the closest thing to your natural tooth.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth.
Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, of course, they don't have to be taken out all the time.
Dental implants are perfect if you are missing a permanent tooth. Do you have gaps in your smile? Do you wear dentures and experience some of the following problems?
Slipping and clicking while talking?
Irritation and pain when you chew?
Fear of eating in public?
Feeling or looking older than your age?
You may be a candidate for dental implants, an alternative to missing teeth. A dental implant uses your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge, rather than anchoring it to a healthy, neighboring tooth. The results are natural-looking teeth that look, feel, and function as your own!
Healthy teeth are a gift we often take for granted. Losing one or more teeth impacts our smile, our confidence, and our enjoyment of our favorite foods. Dental implants are technology's way of taking us a step closer to replacement teeth that feel secure and look like our own.
What Is Involved in Getting Implants?
The implant process takes several steps, but you will be able to continue your regular professional and social routines. Initially, the dentist will evaluate your mouth, teeth, and jaw to determine whether implants are a good option for you.
For most patients, there are two surgical procedures involved. First, in the actual implant placement, the implants are surgically inserted into or atop the jawbone. Over the next three to six months, the implants are left alone, so that the anchor can bond to the bone, creating a strong foundation for the teeth to come.
Second, the new tooth or teeth are created and attached to the anchored implant. You now have teeth that might as well be nature's own: they look natural, are comfortable, and withstand the rigors of grinding and chewing. No one will know that your tooth has an artificial, man-made tooth root.
Implants Are Not for Everyone
It's true. Your current dental health will influence whether you’re a good candidate. Some medical conditions may interfere with normal healing, such as diabetes or heart problems. Finally, the supporting bone in your jaw must be healthy; if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, the success rate for your implants will drop. Less success also is noted in smokers.
A complete examination and X-rays by your dentist will determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. You must also commit to a strict schedule of flossing, brushing, rinsing, and check-ups to keep them healthy.
Proven Technology for a New Quality of Life
Technology gets the credit for this exciting alternative to missing teeth, dentures, and bridges. Researchers noticed in the 1950s that titanium and some other materials formed a strong bond to the bone. That gave rise to the use of dental implants. Today, there are patients who have had implants for more than 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of dental implants have now been inserted, boasting more than a 90% success rate! Metal joint implants used in other parts of the body were actually developed from the success of dental implants.
It has been around for decades and people know it works. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Markovitch today to determine if dental implants are right for you.
Discover how they can improve your quality of life and put a genuine smile on your face. In order to determine if you are a good candidate, you must have a complete exam and go over your medical history and oral health with Dr. Markovitch to determine which option is right for you.
One of the most important benefits of dental implants is the preservation of bone levels in your jaw. When a tooth is lost, your bone deteriorates over a very short period of time from a lack of bone stimulation. You can lose 60% of your jaw bone. Dental implants help preserve the bone structure and levels in your jaw, as well as help maintain the integrity of your facial structure.
Secondly, a dental implant is an independent tooth replacement device. You do not have to compromise or drill on other teeth to hold in a bridge or partial denture. And since implants are anchored securely in your jaw, the permanent crown placed on the implant functions far better than a traditional bridge, partial or denture. As the closest possible replacement to your natural teeth, dental implants will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth-or even better!
How is an implant done?
The first step is a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, existing bone levels, and medical history. Once the treatment plan has been determined and agreed upon, your implant(s) will be placed. We'll use anesthesia and relaxation techniques to help eliminate any discomfort or fear you may have. Typically, the implants need a few months to integrate into the jawbone, during which a 'temporary' tooth replacement may be placed.
The final step is the placement of the custom-crafted permanent ceramic crown on the implant. With your new dental implant(s), you can regain the capabilities you once had with your natural teeth, giving you a second chance at eating, laughing, and simply enjoying life with confidence!
If your smile is bothering you or you are missing teeth it may be time for you to come to Westchester Smile Design for a free dental implant consultation at Dr. Markovitch's office.
He is conveniently located in Yonkers and is available for patient care Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Call today and schedule a free initial consultation to meet the staff and Dr. Markovitch's and take a tour of the office.