FINALLY, A NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF TOOTH LOSS.
Teeth may be lost for a variety of reasons – gum disease, cavities and/or accidents, or they may even be congenitally missing. Although loss of a single front tooth may cause an appearance problem and embarrassment, the most serious consequence of the loss of any tooth is the resultant drifting of the adjacent or opposing teeth with destructive consequences for the bite. Furthermore, the loss of one or more teeth is usually followed by the progressive shrinkage of the adjacent jawbone.
Individuals who are missing several or all of their teeth experience multiple problems related to their removable dentures. Some people are embarrassed or self-conscious about their dentures. Others, because the dentures are unstable, cannot eat properly and are often in pain from trapped food particles or from irritated gum sores.
The average denture wearer loses up to 90% of the chewing efficiency compared to those with natural teeth or fixed replacement teeth. The most devastating problem, however is bone resorption. This is the progressive shrinkage of the jaw itself as the bone tissue atrophies due to the loss of functional stimulation of the supporting bone. This shrinkage of bone results in poor denture fit as well as unnatural, unattractive changes in the facial structure. For obvious reasons, people who have experienced tooth loss are anxious to replace the missing teeth with something that looks, feels and functions like natural.
Conventional methods of tooth replacement
Conventional methods of tooth replacement have often required the fitting of artificial crowns on the adjacent teeth in the form of bridges and/or removable dentures. In order to fabricate bridges, perfectly healthy tooth structure is removed by drilling in order to provide a secure fit for the artificial appliances. Because the missing tooth root is not replaced and the gap in the jawbone remains, the bone would shrink due to a lack of functional stimulation.
The mass of the originally existing bone would continue to decline over the years, possibly resulting in poorly fitting dentures, cosmetic problems and loss of the normal pleasures of every day life.
A “natural” solution – dental implants
Such disadvantages can now be avoided by using dental implants for tooth replacement. The PERMADENT method of tooth replacement is both safe and scientifically proven. Tooth replacement by implants means that both the crowns and the roots of the teeth are naturally replaced.
Implants, which act as artificial tooth roots, are anchored in the jawbone to provide a stable foundation upon which replacement teeth are firmly attached. With dental implants, damage to the adjacent natural teeth is avoided because it is not necessary to drill away their enamel.
Dental implants also preserve the healthy bite relationship of the teeth by preventing drifting of the adjacent teeth. And unlike bridges, which have a limited lifespan and often have to be replaced, dental implants are usually permanent and trouble-free.
Our implant dentists specialize exclusively in the placement of dental implants, including:
- Same Day Dental Implants – a new smile in just a few hours
- All-on-4 Dental Implants – one full arch of teeth with only four dental implants
- Mini Dental Implants – faster procedure, no invasive surgery and less post-operative discomfort
Which teeth can be replaced by implants?
The single implant as a tooth root replacement is the most natural and long-lasting way of replacing a missing tooth. The implant will look and feel like a natural tooth and has the advantage that it is not susceptible to routine dental diseases.
Bone loss in the jaw is eliminated and the existing tooth substance is preserved since healthy adjacent teeth do not need to be ground down. Unlike bridges, which have a limited lifespan, implants are usually permanent and trouble free.
Here, too, implants represent the ideal alternative. They can either be used to replace each missing tooth as an individual unit (like individual natural teeth), or else they can be used to serve as supporting abutments for replacing the missing teeth with a permanent fixed bridge attached to the implants rather than the adjacent natural teeth.
In either case, the replacement teeth feel and function like the natural teeth they are replacing and the remaining natural teeth are not compromised.
Shortened Rows of Teeth
If the molars are missing, the conventional solution is to restore replace the missing teeth with a removable partial denture. Removable “partials” are usually uncomfortable and are the least will tolerated dental prosthesis.
Additionally, removable partials often cause damage to the bone and to the remaining natural teeth. Implants, on the other hand, allow solid fixation of a replacement that looks and feels natural.
Fully edentulous (“toothless”) jaws.
Provided there is adequate bone, complete removable dentures can be eliminated by substituting permanent fixed teeth attached to dental implants. A complete jaw of teeth can be replaced with as few as four to six implants depending on the patient’s individual requirements.
It has been proven that the use of implants significantly improves the quality of life while stopping progressive bone deterioration which is the usual sequel of wearing removable dentures.
The dental implant is an artificial foundation (or anchorage unit) that replaces the natural tooth root. The implant body (a small titanium post) is inserted into the jawbone in a short office procedure. Titanium is a space-age metal to which bone tissue unites directly, forming a permanent biologic bond. It is used extensively in orthopedic surgery.
The “bonding” process is completed rapidly, sometimes in as short as six weeks. During this “bonding” period, the patient wears temporary replacement teeth at all times.
The result is stable teeth, which restores the natural function and appearance of the mouth and which feel and look natural. The PERMADENT permanent replacement teeth have the added advantages that they are rarely affected by dental disease and they usually last a lifetime.
Who is a candidate?
Provided the anatomical and medical health requirements are acceptable, any missing teeth can be replaced with the aid of dental implants. Age is only a factor in the sense that implants cannot be done until the jaws have stopped growing (about 18 to 20 years of age).
There is no upper limit to the age at which implants can be done and age does not seem to be a factor in success rates. The availability of adequate bone is of critical importance and for that reason not everybody is a candidate for implants.
Only after an assessment of the patients’ health, including an oral examination and X-rays of the jawbone, can implants be recommended. The basic prerequisites for an implantation are adequate bone quality and quantity and normal wound healing capacity of the body.
Tens of millions of people worldwide have experienced the benefits of implant-based tooth replacement. Implantology has become an integral part of every-day dentistry and in many respects, it is the most desirable method of tooth replacement.
More than 50 years of clinical studies as well as our own decades of clinical experience have shown the PERMADENT type procedure to be predictably long-lasting, far exceeding the current standards for other forms of conventional dental replacements.
Your next step
While the PERMADENT procedure can work for most, every person has unique health issues, physical requirements and esthetic desires, which must be taken into account and discussed in evaluating the benefits of this procedure. Unfortunately not every person is a candidate and therefore, eligibility can only be determined during an individual consultation. We believe that surgery is never a one size fits all prospect. We will discuss all the options with you and recommend what we believe to be the right surgical approach for your unique situation.
PermaDent Dental Implant Center is the only practice that specializes exclusively in dental implants and nothing else. Our 99.98% success rate and vast implant dentistry experience has earned us an outstanding reputation as the most experienced in Torrance, South Bay. For more information, see our frequently asked dental implant questions or contact us today!