Have Missing Teeth? Here are 3 Advantages of Dental Implants
- August 7, 2017
Dr. Argeros here,
You might not be surprised to learn that I spend my days speaking with patients about missing teeth or often placing dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth. It’s safe to say that I’ve dedicated my entire career to resolving some of the most complicated dental problems you can imagine.
My practice, Contemporary Dentistry and Implantology, offers a full range of services. We’ll find multiple dental implants, and we can even complete helpful gum and bone rejuvenation procedures. To hear about all of our services, give us a call today 978-548-4212. Today, I want to share a few reasons why dental implants are the single greatest way to replace missing teeth.
1. Dental implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth
Your natural teeth are your best teeth. I’m a dentist, so of course I think the teeth are the most amazing thing in your body. They are truly extraordinary. Your enamel alone is the strongest substance in the body — even stronger than bone. Teeth play a huge role in eating and digestion. In many ways, our overall health depends on the quality of our teeth. While nothing is as good as natural teeth, dental implants are the next best thing. When you have dental implants, you can eat all of the foods that you did with your natural teeth. You don’t have to switch to a soft-food diet or avoid things like steak, crunch vegetables, or even chewy candy. It’s all back on the menu.
Dental implants are so strong and durable because they are made from titanium, a material that actually merges with bone. Once the implant has healed around the bone, it literally is part of your body. So, think of it as the root for your new tooth. That root can then be restored with a crown, bridge, or denture.
2. Dental implant surgery is extremely successful
I know just seeing the word “surgery” can send a shiver down your spine. But dental implant surgery, which is actually no more invasive than having a filling, is successful 98 percent of the time. Replacing your teeth is BIG deal, but the surgery has become very standard. We have a thorough examination process and have more than one type of dental implant, because one size doesn’t fit all.
Part of our planning process includes the use of 3D images. We have an on-site cone beam 3D imaging unit right here in the office. This is important because the 3D imaging allows us to diagnose problems and plan out the entire treatment. Few dental offices have this technology, and usually the dentist will direct you to the nearest hospital for the scan.
3. Dental implants can in different shapes and sizes
There is more than just one dental implant option for you at our office. Most people are candidates for our traditional dental implants. These implants are ideal for patients who have good jawbone density. In many cases, we can remove a failing tooth and place the implant in the same day. So, you’ll never have to worry about going without teeth.
You remember us talking about how the jawbone will recede after the teeth are lost. If you have significant jawbone recession, you are generally not a candidate for traditional dental implants. These patients typically need extensive gum or bone grafting to build up the area. We like to avoid these kinds of procedures if necessary, so we also offer a mini dental implants. These implants function just like conventional implants, but they are smaller in diameter.
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Getting dental implants is a simple procedure that can absolutely transform your smile. Our talented Peabody dental team would love to work with you to build a better, brighter smile. Give us a call today at (978) 278-1760.