are the benefits of dental implant treatment?
of all, you will be able to smile. A big, healthy,
happy smile. And you will have a lot to smile about,
too. Dental implants allow you to speak, eat, sing,
kiss - in other words, do everything you want - with
total self assurance.
United States denture wearers spend over $150 million a year
on adhesives in the futile effort to hold their dentures
in place. With implants, you will not have to worry
about loose dentures, an inconsistent fit, or other
embarrassments such as unpleasant taste, bad breath,
or poor appearance.
Besides my mental health, do implants have
other effects on my health, that differ from the overall
health care provided by other treatments for tooth
addition to improving your self-esteem, dental implants
will also make a big difference in your overall physical
health and appearance.
As a result of losing one or more teeth, you
inevitably lose mass in your jaw. This affects the
overall skeletal structure of your face which not
only changes your profile, but also may result in
thin lips, drooping muscles, jowls or witch's chin.
Spreading bone loss in the jaw affects the gums and
ridges in your mouth, as well as the muscles and nerves
in and around the mouth. These conditions, which are
the inevitable consequence of tooth loss, are associated
with a host of anatomic and clinical problems, ranging
from increased tongue size, to looseness of remaining
teeth, to loss of sensation, to severely painful conditions.
These conditions may only be avoided through use of
dental implants, because implants may halt and even
reverse the bone loss that results from losing teeth.
do dental implants prevent bone loss?
needs stimulation to maintain its form and density.
That is why the astronauts lose bone mass while they
are in space - their bones lack the stimulation that
results from our everyday resistance to gravity. The
bone in your jaw is constantly reinforced by the force
applied by your teeth.
teeth transmit force to surrounding bone, so when
you lose a tooth, the lack of stimulation results
in bone loss or "resorption".
implants are inserted into the jawbone in place
of missing teeth. Then prosthetic restorations,
like porcelains, bridge-work, or dentures are
attached to a post or abutment placed inside the
implant. So when you chew, the implant acts like
the root of a tooth - it transmits force to the
jaw and stimulates the bone.
It is as if implants "trick" the bone into thinking there
is still a tooth present. By transmitting the
natural forces of chewing to the jaw, implants
increase bone density. Dental implants have been
proven not only to stop bone loss, but in some
cases actually to reverse bone loss and restore
the health of the jaw.
dental implants are specifically designed to take
into account the varying strength requirements
of the different bone densities found in the human
jaw. That means better health for you over the
Another health advantage that implants provide over conventional
bridgework is that implants prevent the necessity
of having other teeth cut down, in order to build
a bridge or crown, which is necessary in certain
I still eat my favorite foods with implants?
Implants are remarkably strong, and remember - they
stay put, unlike removable dentures. So you can eat
and enjoy whatever you wish. Everything from apples
to deep-fried anything. Want the details?
components of the implant system are designed
for strength. For example, the components are
manufactured from a biocompatible titanium alloy,
which offers a yield strength 65 percent higher
than the strongest grade of commercially pure
maximum bite force of a traditional denture ranges
from 5 to 50 pounds. Almost one-third of denture
wearers are able to eat only soft or mashed foods,
and 50 percent avoid many foods. 17 percent claim
that they chew more effectively without dentures!
contrast, patients with implant-supported restorations
may increase their bite force by 85 percent within
two months of completing treatment, and by 300
percent after three years. Implant-supported dentures
and bridges function similarly to natural teeth.
addition, dental implants do not have problems
with caries (decay), root caries, or hot/cold
sensitivity. When you have a dental implant, you
can floss and brush as you do with your own teeth.
implant procedures cause much pain?
Relax. In most cases these procedures produce very little,
if any, discomfort. In fact, many patients do not
have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants
will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in
the long term. Besides, given the overall health care
benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment
out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental
procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is
equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment,
including any pain medicines you need.
if I have further questions?
expect you will. The more you learn about dental implants,
the more questions you may have. The implant systems
we use have resulted from more than ten years of asking
questions,and we haven't stopped yet. Southwestern
Dental Center is committed to constantly extending
our knowledge and improving the benefits of implant
procedures and we are also willing to share our knowledge
with you. Feel free to contact
us with any questions or concerns you may have.
We're here to help!