Whether you have one or several missing teeth, dental implants may be an option to consider. Dental implants look, feel, and work just like your natural teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or in combination with a secured denture to replace several teeth. Implants are permanent and with good home care and regular cleaning you should never have to worry about tooth loss again.
The thought of getting dentures can create anxiety in many people. There may be concerns with dentures not being secure enough or possibly falling out and creating an embarrassing situation. These are very real concerns as dentures are not permanently fixed into your mouth.
There are also concerns with jawbone shrinkage. After teeth are extracted, the body naturally begins to reabsorb the jawbone. After 20 years, there can be so little jawbone left that it can be very difficult to retain a removable denture. Your face will collapse giving you an old, shrunken appearance. Dental implants prevent this shrinkage because the body senses the presence of a tooth-like structure.
Implants are a means of replacing one or several teeth while eliminating the concern for jawbone reabsorption. For a single tooth, a root fixture is placed with a crown on top. For multiple teeth, there are often four to six fixtures placed in an arch to which a denture is then attached.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
The structure of a dental implant is similar to a screw with a porcelain crown on top. The screw mimics a natural tooth root in the jawbone. The porcelain crown will mimic your natural tooth as well. It is a full replacement of your tooth and tooth root.
An artificial root form (the screw), is typically made of titanium and will surgically be anchored directly into your jawbone. It is then left to heal for a period of time while you wear a temporary tooth. Over time the jawbone will accept the titanium anchor which acts like the root of a tooth. The jawbone will then grow in around it. Your jawbone accepts the implant and heals during this natural process of osseointegration.
After the healing process, a porcelain crown is placed on top of the titanium root fixture. A porcelain crown is just as strong and natural looking as a normal tooth. The crown will be the only visible part above the gumline. It will look and act as if it were a natural tooth. At that point no one looking will ever know that you had a missing tooth.
Instead of partial dentures or dental bridges, if you are missing several teeth, multiple implants can be used. Dental implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and eliminate concerns about them falling out or possibly slipping out of place. Your dentures can look and feel more like your natural teeth when used with as little as two implants.
Don’t Take Shortcuts on Your Implants
While implants can be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, they are also permanent and have fewer problems. In the long run, you may find a higher quality of life with implants because there is no worry about moving parts or jawbone shrinkage.
When considering implants it is imporant to choose a well trained implant dentist. Shortcuts taken during the implant process can cause serious problems such as nerve damage and infection. That is why Dr. Sirin has been thoroughly trained in the implant process and attended post-graduate training in this area. He also works with highly skilled board-certified periodontists for the implant surgery.
If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Sirin can answer all of your questions during a comprehensive exam. He will explain the pros and cons of implants and help determine if dental implants are the right choice for you. If you are not ready to commit to an exam, you can also schedule a complimentary consultation to visit the offices and meet the staff.