It was not too long ago that if you required replacement teeth your choices were quite limited. With innovations inspired by nature, modern dental implantology now offers patients greatly expanded choices when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth that may have been lost as a result of accident, disease or that may need replacement due to cosmetic reasons.
Today’s dental implants can support artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants should function so well that you are not even aware of them, no matter what you are doing – eating, talking, sleeping or simply enjoying yourself. Depending on the type of implant, you may never have to remove your teeth and there is nothing to give your friends the slightest clue that you have them. Most patients find implants completely and totally comfortable, both physiologically and psychologically.
You don’t have to wait until you lose all your teeth before becoming a candidate for implants. Dental implants can be used when only one tooth is missing, when only the back teeth in either jaw have been lost, when there are large empty spaces between a few remaining teeth, even when all the teeth are missing. In many cases dental implants offer a better chance of saving your remaining teeth than a conventional bridge since they do not place the kind of stress on the remaining natural teeth that a bridge does.
If your dentures are loose-fitting or if they hurt making it painful to chew or place any pressure on them then dental implants may be able to help you. They may also help patients who tend to gag on conventional dentures. Even if you have no teeth at all in one or both jaws, and have been condemned to wearing dentures – there is now hope for you. A few dental implants can easily support a full set of teeth in a totally toothless jaw, improving your chewing function and appearance as well.
One of the nicest things about dental implants is that age does not make a difference. If you are in good health, you can have dental implants placed, no matter how old you are. If you need or want to feel better and look better, dental implants may be right for you. A thorough evaluation by a dentist will help decide if you would be a good candidate. There have been many advances in implant design, materials and techniques, and these revolutionary advances in dental science will continue to transform dentistry in the years ahead.
Call your dentist today and schedule a consultation to review the type of implant treatment best be suited to restore your optimum oral health.
Yours for better dental health,
Arvind Kataria D.D.S.