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Posted on Feb 12, 2011 in Dental Implants

Dental Implant Difference

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The difference will make you smile

When they were first developed, dental implants were luxuries available only to the rich and famous. Now, people from all walks of life are discovering that advanced dental implants can help them get back the smile they’ve lost to time. Some patients choose to have one implant for each replacement tooth, whether they are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all their teeth. Implants can also be used to hold non-removable permanent bridges to replace several teeth, or to anchor full or partial dentures.

When replacing individual teeth, three separate parts are used: the implant (usually made of titanium, which fuses securely to the jawbone), an abutment that screws onto the implant, and a porcelain crown that is permanently secured to the abutment.

After the implant is placed in the bone, it actually becomes integrated into the bone over the next four to six months. A porcelain replacement tooth, precisely matched to your teeth, is then attached to the abutment. The result feels natural and looks exactly like a natural tooth. With proper care, you can expect your new tooth to last for the rest of your life.

Modern dental implants have a very high success rate. To ensure a successful result, candidates must be in good overall health and have healthy gums. In addition, candidates must have enough quality bone in the implant area to securely support the implants. If you do not have adequate bone, there are highly advanced options for replacing it.

IT’S ABOUT THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS… AND THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE!

Gum disease is a warning sign. We now know there is a direct connection between gum disease and heart disease. Even if you have dentures, you may still be at risk. If dentures don’t fit well, dangerous bacteria collects that can lead to bone disease and oral cancer. Without a healthy diet, your overall wellness is at risk. Studies indicate that dentures that don’t fit properly or multiple missing teeth can shorten your life by ten years or more. People with missing teeth or bad dentures miss out on many healthy foods and often develop health problems related to their diet.

Enjoying a great meal is part of a complete, joyful life. You shouldn’t have to give up the healthy foods you love because of your teeth. Dental implants can put the healthy foods you’ve been missing back on your plate, and improve your chances for a long, healthy life!