Consider an Implant to Replace a Missing Tooth
Implant technology is the current superstar of dentistry. Over the years, Dr. Chernoff has worked with the industry to make implants a more available option for patients. Dr. Chernoff saw its potential from the beginning and is devoted to its advancement, utilizing state-of-the-art materials, tools, and techniques. He believes that implants are the best solutions to restoring lost teeth and ensuring long-term oral health.
During the last twenty years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth. Dental implants play an essential role in restorative dentistry. As permanent prosthetics, they are both natural-looking and cosmetically appealing. They can be used either for individual replacements or for complete full-mouth restorations:
When a single tooth is lost, the other teeth surrounding it shift, and thus the entire mouth is progressively changed. Chewing becomes more challenging. Selective teeth become stressed. Toothaches are more common. And, most seriously, tooth loss continues with a gradual depletion of one tooth after another. Replacing the loss with an implant is the most functional solution, provided the patient is a candidate. The bone must be strong enough and the space between the teeth accommodating.
Before and After: Implants to replace lost teeth from skate board accident
(see what Charles has to say about his experience and his new teeth)
In the past, bridges were the preferred method of cosmetic restoration, but surrounding teeth had to be modified in order to support the prosthesis. A dental implant has the look, feel and function of a natural tooth, and it’s positioning within the bone where the prior tooth was once rooted prevents other teeth from shifting out of place. Implants can be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving retention and stability.
In some cases, all of a patient’s teeth may need to be replaced due to decay or other oral health complications. The teeth are vital to communication and digestion, so replacement is a necessity. Options for full mouth restoration are limited to dentures, or dentures anchored by a few dental implants. More and more patients are choosing implants over dentures, as a permanent solution that requires less maintenance and also preserves more of the natural maxillofacial bones surrounding the teeth.
Another consequence of a missing tooth or teeth is visual. Appearance changes as the jaw shifts and as the loss creates a sunken-facial effect. As an alternative, many patients seek dental implants as a means of improving cosmetic appearance. A dental implant has the look, feel and function of a natural tooth, and it’s positioning within the bone where the prior tooth was once rooted, prevents other teeth from shifting out of place. The result is a visually appealing smile the wearer can be proud of.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
1. Better esthetics:
Since implants are placed in the gum similar to the way a natural tooth is supported, they offer a more realistic and natural look compared to other alternatives.
2. Reduction of bone resorption:
When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone structure gradually recedes. Placing an implant in that empty space significantly reduces the speed of bone resorption and provides stability for this valuable tissue.
Patients who have experienced removable full or partial dentures know that keeping their dentures in place is always a challenge. Dental implants offer a great improvement to denture retention for all patients. In some cases the denture can be secured to a group of implants with special screws that stabilize the denture completely.
4. Preserving natural tooth structure:
Bridges, commonly used to fill gaps, require extra preparation for the surrounding teeth to ultimately connect three or more teeth. This negatively impacts your health by making the task of retaining your teeth more difficult and by often requiring the destruction of existing tooth structure to create room for the new bridge. An implant is mostly an independent unit and does not negatively affect the adjacent teeth.
“From a skateboard accident, I cracked four teeth.You think something like that will never happen to you but it did. Now, I have replacement implants. If it weren’t for Dr. Chernoff, I would look very strange with gaps in my teeth.” -Charles