Dental Implants

A dental implant is a versatile, artificial substitute for a natural tooth roots that is placed in the jawbone by a specially trained dentist. After surgery, the implant slowly fuses to the jawbone to form a strong foundation that supports replacement teeth similar to the way tooth roots support natural teeth. Some people prefer an implant to replace a single missing tooth which avoids altering adjacent natural teeth. Others find that implants make dentures more secure and comfortable. Thousands of people are having great success with their dental implants and report outstanding results.

Whatever the need, a dental implant is a modern solution that can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Implants: The Ultimate Preventive Dentistry

By Dr. Jacques Doueck

If someone you care about has missing teeth… the greatest favor you can do for him or her is to show them this article. The results are in. Not only do dental implants help you chew and speak and smile – they also save your bone. With a 97+% success rate, dental implants are the most predictable, most well researched procedure that we do in dentistry today.

“ There is nothing else that we do in dentistry that has the clinical research to support its success like dental implants”

January 19,2001 -Myron Nevins, Chairman Periodontics and implant dentistry, Harvard Dental School

Let’s look at some important statistics:

  • 10% of the adult population have all of their teeth missing
  • 26% of adults by age 65 have all of their teeth missing
  • 44% of seniors by age 75 have all of their teeth missing

When teeth are lost there is a rapid loss of bone that continues with time. If you are wearing dentures (false teeth) the pressure of the dentures on your jaw and gums causes an even more rapid loss of bone. This loss of bone is what causes the classic aging appearance. Someone with missing teeth will look decades older. By placing dental implants earlier, bone loss is minimized.

Should I save the tooth or place an implant? Because dental implants are so predictable they are often the preferred treatment over a more complicated, less predictable attempt at saving a failing tooth. Often a patient will ask, “If it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t bleed why should I take it out. Why can’t I just wait until it flares up?” Unfortunately, if allowed to continue to deteriorate it will get bad enough that it will be impossible to restore.

Why are implants better?

Good follow-up is essential for predictable results after gum surgery. Unfortunately, habits are hard to change. Studies show that after periodontal (gum) surgery 70% of people will not keep up their maintenance. Guess what, if maintenance is so important and you aren’t meticulous with your home care and gum treatments every three months… problems will reappear. This is not the same for implants. Although bacterial plaque is certainly not “good” for implants – success is less dependent on good home care and frequent cleanings.

Recipe for Success:

Why wait for facial changes and other problems? The goal of modern dentistry is to restore you to good health in a predictable way. You may be unable to restore your normal chewing, speaking, and esthetics with dentures (false teeth) or partial bridgework. Your function and esthetics are affected by bone loss. Continued loss of bone leads to irreversible facial changes. An implant should be placed while there is still enough bone. Implants preserve precious bone. Since implants are highly predictable , even if you get a little lazy about your maintenace.