“It’s just one tooth. I have 31 teeth that are intact and doing their job. Is it really necessary to replace that one tooth, especially if no one can see it?” As dental implant experts, we get this a lot. The answer, however, is a resounding YES!. Tooth replacement is always important and necessary, even if it just involves a single tooth. To understand why restorative dentistry is worth investing in, let’s take a look at the three major drawbacks of not replacing that one tooth.
It is estimated that 69% of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and 26% of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth by the time that they are 74, according to The Implant Hub. This undeniably makes restorative dentistry in high demand. As it stands today, dental implants are the only permanent teeth replacement system available, and they are drastically superior to any other treatment option.
If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’ll need to carefully consider the healing process. In fact, the way an implant heals is a primary indicator of its success. Once the titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, a critical healing process takes place in the following few months. During this time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and the tissues heal around the implant. When this process is compromised in any way, the implant may fail altogether.
The good news is that if you are in good overall health, you should have a comfortable and easy recovery period after your implant surgery. However, despite how easy it is for the majority of patients, there are still health concerns that can make healing more challenging. While the medical conditions below won’t necessary disqualify you from getting dental implants, they can mean you’ll need some special care and close monitoring during your recovery.
There is no doubt that natural teeth are remarkably strong. Not only are they made from the strongest substance in your entire body, but they are designed to perform a lifetime of tasks such as chewing hard foods and supporting the structure of your jawbone. Still, teeth get damaged, diseased and go missing from time to time.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering if a replacement tooth will ever offer the strength and durability that your natural tooth once provided? Thanks to the advancements of modern restorative dentistry, the answer is yes! Dental implants make it possible to have a prosthetic tooth that matches the strength of a real tooth.
Dental implant complications are very rare. But that doesn’t mean they can’t occur. The most likely culprit to implant failure is infection, which is referred to as peri-implantitis. If you’ve made it through the initial recovery period without an infection, that doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. Implant infection is caused by bacteria, which can develop weeks or years after your dental implant procedure. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease, so neglecting treatment can jeopardize a lot more than just your dental implant investment.
Your gums are the soft tissues that keep your teeth in place. Just like your teeth, they need proper care to retain their health. Gum recession refers to the process of gums “shrinking” or pulling away to expose more of the tooth’s root. In turn, the tooth is more vulnerable to sensitivity, decay and infection. In severe cases, it may even cause teeth to lose stability. Many patients suffer from receding gums, but whether or not they disqualify you from getting dental implants depends on the cause of your gum recession.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and it is time to start thinking about the gifts you really want this year. If you are suffering the consequences of missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, we invite you to consider the best gift of all – a stable and confident smile. Implant-supported dentures can be an excellent way to treat yourself this holiday season.
Implant-supported dentures, also called overdentures, are a remarkable way to stabilize traditional dentures, especially if the removable dentures are not fitting well, loose or fall out easily. Once the implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, they become a permanent anchor for your prosthetic teeth (partial or full denture). While many patients choose to stabilize their dentures with implants from the start, others have the option of changing out their removable dentures for this more secure and upgraded treatment method.
The All-on-4® treatment concept was first used successfully by Dr. Paulo Malo in 1998. Since then, thousands of patients have gained the benefits of this revolutionary option in implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation. All-on-4® is most notably marketed as “teeth in a day” or “same day teeth.” It is a unique treatment approach that uses as few as 4 dental implants to support a whole arch of teeth. It is cost effective and can be used in either the upper or lower jaw to support immediate fixed replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The best part – it can be done in as little as 1 to 3 days!
It has long been established that smoking cigarettes can ruin your chances for successful dental implants. Patients are asked to stop smoking for a period of time before and after dental implant surgery. But what about “vaping”? Vaping refers to the use of e-cigarettes, the latest alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. It is said that vaping is a healthier and safer option, but is it enough to reduce your risk of implant complications?