Benefits of Dental Implants
The Modern Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the strongest, most durable and most lifelike of all teeth replacement options, and have become the modern gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Peto always recommends dental implants as the best replacement option for patients who are able to receive them.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a post inserted into the jawbone to function as an artificial tooth root. A dental implant is made out of titanium or a bio-compatible ceramic. A connecting piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant and acts as the attachment point for a crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
Dental Implant Benefits
- Dental implants look, act and feel like natural teeth. People usually don’t notice any difference.
- Implants provide nearly the full biting and chewing power of natural teeth.
- They let you talk, chew and exert pressure just like with natural teeth.
- Implants allow you to eat all the foods you enjoy and need for full nutrition.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. This keeps your adjacent teeth stable and preserves the size and shape of your jaw.
- Implants don’t require the grinding down of adjacent teeth, as with dental bridges.
- They fill the gap between adjacent teeth and prevent bacteria from accumulating, which would lead to gum disease.
- Dental implants are the most durable and long-lasting of all tooth replacement options.
Comfortable and Minimally Invasive Procedure
Dr. Peto uses advances in technology developed over the last decade to make your dental implant procedure fast, comfortable and minimally invasive. He uses digital X-rays and 3D images of your teeth and jaw to precisely plan the best placement point for the implant and will know ahead of time if any bone grafting will be needed.
Who Are Candidates for Dental Implants?
Denture wearers or people who have had missing teeth for a long time suffer from bone loss in the bony ridges that normally support the tooth roots. In the past, people with insufficient bone could not receive dental implants.
Recent technical advances have changed this situation dramatically. With the ability to locate available bone through 3D imaging technology and using advanced bone grafting techniques, the majority of people can now receive implants regardless of their current volume of bone.
People who smoke and people with certain health conditions such as diabetes were also previously not considered candidates for implants because of the risk of infection or implant failure. But recent advances in technology have made it so these people can now be safely treated.
Best Replacement for Single and Multiple Missing Teeth
A dental bridge requires that the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth be ground down so the bridge can be cemented onto them. This weakens the adjacent teeth and can lead to decay and other complications in the future. Additionally, bone loss can occur under the missing tooth which weakens support for the adjacent teeth.
Dr. Peto prefers to place implants for individual teeth wherever possible as dental implants do not affect the adjacent teeth and are as strong as regular teeth. Dental implants also provide the biting and chewing pressure needed to prevent bone loss.
The Problems with Dentures as a Teeth Replacement Option
The jaw bone supporting your teeth needs chewing and biting pressure to maintain its volume and density. That pressure is lost when your teeth are missing, and the jaw bone under the missing teeth will start to dissolve away. As this happens, the bony ridge that used to hold the teeth sinks. When you have no teeth on the ridge, the entire ridge loses thickness and height and the lower third of your face eventually collapses.
Dentures do not provide the biting and chewing pressure necessary to keep your jawbone from shrinking. In fact, the type of pressure exerted by dentures actually accelerates the bone loss and collapse of your face.
Additional disadvantages of dentures
Dentures have numerous other disadvantages that make them the last resort for replacing missing teeth:
- Dentures provide only 10% of natural chewing power
- Dentures make it hard to eat many of the foods you like or need for proper nutrition
- Dentures slip and need to be continually refit due to the shrinkage of the jaw bone
- Dentures cover the roof your mouth and block your sense of taste
- Dentures often need to be secured in the mouth with adhesives
- Dentures have to be removed at night to be cleaned
- Dentures can click or make noise when you are eating or talking
Implant-supported dentures restore chewing power and preserve bone
When implants are used to support a denture, the biting and chewing power of the denture is increased because the dentures are anchored securely on the implants. The pressure exerted by the implants also helps prevent bone loss and preserve your jaw’s natural shape and size.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
- Full Mouth X-rays
- Complete oral exam
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Dr. Peto will discuss your treatment options with you
- Get any questions answered
*If you have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the consultation.
To make an appointment, call 424‑229‑9875 or click here to request an appointment online.