Why Dental Implants
Dental Implants are the modern solution for missing teeth
What is a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a replacement tooth anchored by a titanium post (the root) with a crown attached to an abutment (the connecting piece). It looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth. Dental implants in their modern form have a proven track record since their development 30 years ago.
Dr. Kim uses dental implants to replace single and multiple missing teeth as well as for anchoring other restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures.
Most dentists consider dental implants to be the state-of-the-art treatment of choice for tooth replacement. Implants have several advantages over other forms of tooth replacement, and with modern innovations in technology, most patients can benefit from them.
Dr. Kim offers a Dental Implant Consultation to see if implant treatment would be right for your situation.To make an appointment, call (714) 832-8000 or click here to request an appointment online.
Who are candidates for Dental Implants?
When implants first started gaining popularity, patients with insufficient bone or patients who had certain health conditions or habits were not considered candidates.
Developments in bone grafting and bone reconstruction as well as the precise nature of implant placement has made it so that most patients can now receive implants. People who smoke or who have systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, can also be treated safely, although the success rate is reduced due to their lower healing ability.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
Bone in the jaw deteriorates where a tooth is left missing. This is because the bone requires the pressure of chewing to maintain its density. Implants act as natural teeth and provide that stimulation.
Dental Implants behave like natural teeth
Once their implant is placed, most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat completely normally, with full chewing power, and they can brush and floss normally as well.
Dental Implants can last a lifetime
Dental implants use titanium, a non-corrosive, neutral and long-lasting metal. Implants can suffer the same periodontic issues as natural teeth, however, and require good oral care and regular cleanings at the dentist, just like natural teeth.
Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable
The gap caused by a missing tooth can destabilize adjacent teeth, causing them to shift towards the gap. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your bite and your ability to chew. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging
With progressive bone loss caused by tooth loss, the height between the tip of the nose and chin can decrease, causing the lower third of the face to collapse. Changes include excess wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips and sagging skin, making the person look older than his or her true age. Dental implants preserve bone so this doesn’t occur.
Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease
Gaps left between teeth can act as traps for food and bacteria and can lead to gum disease. Replacing missing teeth with implants helps maintain your oral health.
Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants provide a far superior experience over dentures. No messy adhesives, no slippage or pain, and full chewing power. However, cost can be a consideration, so Dr. Kim provides several alternatives to replace missing teeth using a combination of implants and dentures or fixed dental bridges. These more affordable replacement teeth still have many of the advantages of single-tooth dental implants.
If you are deciding between traditional dentures and implants, there are some things to consider.
- Dentures often have to be kept in using a dental adhesive.
- Dentures have to be removed for cleaning. Your implants are just like real teeth and are cared for with normal brushing and flossing.
- Dentures cover the roof of the mouth. With implants, there’s nothing covering the roof of your mouth to interfere with your sense of taste or other normal activities. Implant-supported dentures can also be fabricated without a palate.
- Dentures can slip out while eating or speaking. Implants and implant-supported dentures are securely anchored and won’t slip out.
- It’s hard to chew with dentures and you can’t eat many of the foods you like or need. Dentures can move while you chew, which is annoying, and also makes it difficult to chew! In fact, dentures generally have only 10% of full chewing power. Dental implants have full chewing power and implant-supported dentures can also have full chewing power, depending on how many implants are used to support them.
- Dentures don’t provide the stimulation needed to prevent bone loss. Jawbone needs to have the stimulation of chewing to keep its density. Implants help prevent jaw bone from being lost.
- Dentures click while eating. With implants or implant-supported dentures, there’s no annoying clicking sound.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
A bridge consists of false teeth supported by adjacent teeth that have been cut down and crowned.
A bridge requires two usually healthy teeth to be cut down, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Some people decide on a bridge so as to avoid bone grafting or surgery. Also, in the past, bridges have been cheaper than dental implants, but Dr. Kim is able to provide a dental implant for a very competitive price.
- To support a bridge, adjacent teeth need to be cut down. This can weaken your teeth, making them more sensitive and vulnerable to tooth decay.
- Bridges don’t prevent bone loss. Implants keep the stimulus of chewing on the bone and maintain bone density.
- A bridge is more difficult to clean than implants. Implants are cared for like natural teeth.
- Bridges can have a shorter life-span than implants. Bridges have a greater vulnerability to decay and breakage than dental implants.
- Implants can be an affordable option. At our practice we offer a dental implant plus its abutment and crown at a cost similar to a bridge.
Dr. Kim is highly trained in dental implants and oral surgery. In your consultation he will examine your teeth, review the options to replace your missing teeth, and go over the pros and cons of each treatment option. He’ll answer any questions you have.To make an appointment, call (714) 832-8000 or click here to request an appointment online.