Replacing Missing Teeth by Burnaby Periodontist & Prosthodontist Specialists
Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.
Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jaw bone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news is Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Tooth Replacement Options
You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions. A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.
A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.
A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.
A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.
The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.
Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Why choose dental implants?
Learn why dental implants are now the standard of care for missing teeth.
The decision to replace missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your oral health and appearance. There are many advantages when you choose dental implant treatment over a conventional method for tooth replacement:
A beautiful, natural-looking solution – Most similar to natural teeth, dental implants are designed to be a reliable, stable, and natural-looking restorative solution.
Prevent and minimize bone loss – Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bones, helping to maintain your bone and facial structure. Without teeth your bone may resorb resulting in shifting teeth and loss of facial structure.
Preserve surrounding teeth – When an implant is inserted in place of a missing tooth, adjacent health teeth are not damaged. With a conventional bridge, neighboring teeth must be ground down to support.
Comfort – With dental implants, palatal plates used with conventional dentures are unnecessary. Patients who replace all of their teeth with dental implants can feel more comfortable talking, smiling and eating.
Proven Quality – With a long history of providing reliable, high quality dental implants, Straumann is one of the best choices for your dental implants. The Straumann® Dental Implant System is scientifically based and one of the most commonly used systems.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Made out of titanium, only a few millimeters long, and carefully engineered, this small screw is placed in your jawbone by your dental provider and serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Advances in biomaterials and computerized production can provide you with an individually customized high strength restoration designed to provide long term function and fulfill your appearance expectations.
Healthy natural-looking smile
Modern dental restorations, supported by dental implants, look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Their color, shape, and contour are made to match that of your natural teeth as closely as possible.
Healthy remaining teeth
Dental implants do not sacrifice neighboring teeth to provide support like alternative treatments can. A dental implant can also lessen the loads to your remaining natural teeth while chewing by replacing structural support for your biting forces. By replacing the root structure of a missing tooth you are also replacing support for your bite that has been distributed to your other teeth. Previous bridge solutions replaced the top of a tooth but depended on your remaining teeth to provide the increased support necessary.
Stable comfortable fit
Dental implants are fixed in your jawbone, providing a comfortable and stable foundation for your restoration. Moreover, they are made of biocompatible materials and your body tolerates them easily.
Long-lasting proven solution
Implant solutions are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, they will last many years, or even a lifetime. The first patient was treated with modern dental implants in 1965. When the patient died in 2006, the implants had worked without problems as the foundation for a series of oral prostheses for 40 years. Since then, millions of implants have been placed successfully all over the world.
Treatment with dental implants is a surgical procedure and requires prior evaluation by your periodontist to make sure your dental and general health permits dental implant treatment.