The Most Natural Replacement for Missing Teeth
Dr. Tolmie, Rasenberger and van Kesteren are trained in advanced dental implant procedures to restore your oral comfort and function. These procedures include immediate implant loading to reduce treatment time and discomfort, implant stabilization of denture appliances, and sinus lifts to provide greater bone stability.
One of their highest priorities is patient education. During an initial examination and consultation, they will discuss all options for treatment and help you come to an informed decision. Please do not hesitate to voice any questions you may have.
Benefits of Dental Implants
1. Improve Quality of Life:
Function, look, and feel like natural teeth.
No more need for denture adhesives.
Provides confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. Restores self-esteem.
2. Better chewing function:
Stabilizes dentures and make chewing easier.
Provides ability to enjoy the foods you love.
Better nutrition = Better health.
3. Improved ability to taste food:
The ability to taste food decreases significantly with upper dentures that cover the palate.
Implants help lock-in a denture — the denture no longer needs to cover the roof of the
mouth and the ability to taste food in no longer an issue.
4. Preserves support of facial features to prevent aging:
Collapsing cheeks and lips can age a person 10 –20 years. Since implants preserve bone, your natural facial contours are supported which prevents certain wrinkles.
5. No impact on adjacent tooth or teeth:
Represents a conservative treatment option — the adjacent teeth are let untouched.
If a tooth is ground down the long term health of the tooth is diminished.
Removable partial dentures induce forces on teeth that help in their retention. These forces can rock teeth back and forth and eventually damage cause them to become loose resulting in their ultimate loss
6. High Success Rates for people of any age:
The success rate in healthy patients is ~ 98%.
The success rate in patients with health concerns and/or smokers is ~ 94%.
7. Never Decay or Require a Root Canal.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.
Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and the whole thing replaced with a three-crown "bridge."
Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist insert a dental post (dental implant) into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes solidly fixed into your jaw (like a natural tooth root). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Replacing Several Missing Teeth
Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture.
Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day, they can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.
Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with "floating" partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for dental adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided . With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth.
Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.
The Success Rate of Dental Implants
After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many can last beyond 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.
A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, "Is there enough bone to support the implant?" Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation by your general dentist who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If he feels dental implants might be possible, he will send you to a periodontist for a placement evaluation.
For More Information
The following sites will provide you with more information on dental implants:
- Academy of Osseointegration - Frequently Asked Questions
- American Academy of Periodontology Article:
Dental Implants: Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own