Exceptional Dental Implants
Dental implants are often a better option for missing teeth than either bridges or dentures.
Because dental implants are patterned after the structure of your natural teeth, they provide a highly stable support system for the replacement teeth (crowns) or dentures. Other benefits include:
- Improved biting pressure so you can eat any foods you want. Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. If you’ve worn dentures for a long time, that pressure may be diminished significantly, to one-tenth of your natural teeth. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
- Tooth and bone loss prevention. Without an anchoring root, natural or placed in the jaw bone, the bone in the jaw deteriorates which can cause other teeth to loosen.
- Improved comfort and fit. Because your replacement teeth are anchored securely to the implants in your jawbone, they can’t slip and slide like unsecured dentures can. When dentures aren’t secure enough, they often cause sores in the mouth and make an annoying clicking sound. Dental implants eliminate these problems.
- Permanently fixed. Denture implants won’t loosen or slip as dentures do.
- No nightly care and adhesives.
- Longevity and reliability. With proper oral hygiene and care, scientifically tested and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with few complications.
- No need to reshape adjacent teeth as in bridges.
- Increased self-confidence. Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence once they realize they can again chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.
If you face the loss of one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, you may find that dental implants are right for you.
Age is not typically a major factor: successful dental implants have been performed on young people as well as the elderly.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Bursich will help you decide. In general, we look for the following characteristics:
- general good health
- healthy gums
- sufficient underlying jawbone to support the implants
- a good attitude to ensure that you follow through with vital oral hygiene habits
People who are not good candidates for dental implants include:
- Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed.
- Pregnant women.
- People with existing medical conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed.
- Patients who take certain medications such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.
For more information about implants, and to discuss which option is best for you, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Bursich.