Many patients who have lost a tooth or several teeth search for a replacement option that will restore the strength and durability of their natural teeth while allowing them the ability to talk, laugh, and eat the foods they love with complete confidence. Dental implants are a comfortable and natural-looking tooth replacement solution that provides the most reliable long-term solution for patients.
Dental implants are one of our practice’s specialties and are a preferred replacement solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw and act as replacement roots for your missing teeth. Before dental implants, the best dental restoration option for patients with missing teeth was a fixed bridge or removable denture. Unfortunately, fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the best long-term solution to restoring function or aesthetics to the mouth. These temporary options often bring with them several other problems.
Removable dentures are not solidly anchored in the mouth. Removable dentures tend to slip or create embarrassing clicking sounds while speaking or eating. Fixed bridges often force an alteration of adjacent healthy teeth; the surrounding healthy teeth have to be ground down to support the weight of the bridge. Plus, removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing because resorption typically occurs where there is no longer a tooth root secured within the jaw bone. Recurrent decay and periodontal (gum) disease often cause fixed bridgework to experience early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges, and removable dentures usually need to be replaced.
Some patients are recommended for zygoma implants, which are oral implants for patients that do not have the facial bone density to withstand a dental implant. To perform a zygoma implant, Dr. Bobst will attach the dental implant to a portion of the zygomatic bone, also known as the cheekbone. The attachment to the cheek bone will support the dental implant and allow for a stable procedure.
With so many advancements in medical devices and technology, we can provide patients with a better, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth to restore oral health. Dental implants are the best option to achieve the goal of restored function and aesthetics, providing patients with a tooth so natural looking that they forget it’s a restoration.
Dental implants are composed of titanium metal that naturally fuses with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This process ensures that the tooth is extremely stable for years to come, which means no slipping or embarrassing clicking noises. Additionally, dental implants never decay and do not harm or cause decay in the neighboring teeth. Plus, dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, halting any bone loss and reinforcing the health of the jaw bone. Patients with dental implants face the world with a new sense of self-assurance and enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful smile.
Dental implants have been utilized in oral surgery for over 30 years, making this procedure very predictable and successful. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and want to discover if you are a candidate for this restorative procedure, please call our office at 208-322-5522 or set up an appointment for a consultation.