Tooth loss is a common condition that can occur as a result of disease, trauma or poor dental hygiene. The best treatment for tooth loss is to replace the missing tooth, which can help prevent gum damage and tooth damage, as well as restore comfort and confidence in social situations. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to support tooth replacement structures such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants help patients regain the ability to eat, speak and smile without the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace the roots of the missing tooth. The replacement structure is supported by the implant, and looks and feels like a natural tooth. Implants offer permanent results and full functionality, which can result in people not knowing that you lost teeth in the first place. They do not sacrifice the strength of neighboring teeth like traditional bridges do, preserving your overall tooth health with added strength and reliability. Patients with implants should care for their implants the same way that they do for regular teeth, as these replacements do not require any special maintenance.
Dental implants offer many benefits over other tooth replacement methods. Implants provide a natural replacement that looks and feels like your own tooth. Since the implants are drilled directly into the gum and act as a natural tooth root would, patients can enjoy the same comfort and confidence they experienced before tooth loss. Implants provide sturdy, long-lasting results by preventing bone loss and gum recession.
- Enhanced Esthetics
- Reduction of Bone Loss
- Preservation of Adjacent Teeth
- Easier Eating
Dental implants are placed during a series of appointments over several months. During the first procedure, Dr. Glasser places the titanium anchors in the jaw. Over the next three to six months, the anchors heal and fuse to the bone, a period known as osseointegration. Small posts are attached to the implant to help provide stability for the replacement tooth. After the anchors heal, Dr. Glasser fits the patient for replacements, which can be installed during the next appointment. Implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia in Dr. Glasser’s office.
A crown can be used to replace one tooth, a bridge can replace several teeth, and a full bridge or full denture can replace all teeth. The replacement teeth can be treated just like natural teeth and require regular home care and dental visits.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are recommended for patients in good general and oral health. A certain amount of bone in
Click here for more in depth information about dental implants. is required to support the implant, so a bone graft procedure may be required. Dental implants can be used for people who have gum disease or problem teeth, currently wear dentures or have bone loss. Most people see successful results from dental implants. Implants are not recommended for children because their jaw bones are not fully developed and can affect the appearance and function of the implant.
To find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Glasser’s Long Island office and schedule a consultation. Missing teeth can become a thing of the past, as patients can restore their smile with the convenience and effectiveness of dental implants.
More than 1/3 of the population of the United States is missing one or more teeth! There are so many dental, medical and even psychological effects associated with missing teeth, that I would like to mention some of the significant points that apply to them:
- Difficulty Eating - there is an up to 90% reduction in the biting forces necessary to chew food. This results in an inability to chew or bite through foods. Raw fruits and vegetables, steak, chicken, and rolls or bagels can often be a challenge. Most often denture patients are relegated to eating a soft diet or swallowing partly chewed foods.
- Denture Instability - due to the excessive force transferred to the underlying jawbone, the jawbone begins to atrophy and eventually erodes. This then gives less support to the denture resulting in further instability and resorption.
- Jawbone Atrophy - over a period of twenty years of denture use, excessive atrophy can occur to such a point where the patient is no longer able to wear dentures. At this point the patient becomes so dentally handicapped that basic function and appearance has reached maximum compromise.
- Dental Adhesives - are a messy but necessary means to hold the denture to the gumline.
- Esthetic Deficiencies
- Shorter Life Expectancy - Due to a loss of function and diminished sense of taste, full denture patients suffer from a higher rate of systemic disease. This is because they tend to add excessive amounts of salt, sugar and seasonings in order to taste the food they eat. Increased sugar consumption can lead to diabetes and obesity for those patients predisposed to this condition. Increased salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure and an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.
- Additionally, there is evidence of an increased rate of stomach and intestinal disorders due to the patients inability to chew properly, swallowing large pieces of food.
The statistics have shown that full denture wearers have an alarmingly shorter life expectancy - by ten years - than the general public.
According to leading psychiatric journals, when people experience embarrassment or self-consciousness while smiling or speaking due to the movement of their dentures, their levels of self-esteem are lowered and they begin to change the way they act or think about themselves.
Often times, they do the following:
- Change the way they smile
- Try to hold their lip down when speaking to cover their teeth (this is where the expression "keeping a stiff upper lip" comes from)
- Men may grow moustaches
- Women tend to wear less make-up in an attempt to not draw attention to their smile