Dental Implants

Dental Implant Benefits

Are you missing teeth? Replacing missing teeth through dental implants can be the most natural way to replace them and provide exceptional aesthetic results.

Dental implants not only look and function like your natural teeth, they also feel like them as the implants are made from high-quality dental materials.

Implants are versatile as they can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth using implants to secure a bridge or dentureAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) dentists can provide dental implant services or implant secured dental restorations.

AACD dentists are highly skilled in creation of dental restorations that look and feel like your natural smile. AACD dentists work with you in creating a dental crown, bridge or denture that give you a confident smile by improving the appearance of your teeth.

High quality dental porcelain is used to create these customized dental restorations that are supported by surgically implanted dental implants.

Dentures or Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the better option in replacing missing teeth as they stabilize the jaw bone, provide added bite stability and support long-term oral health. Traditional dentures can cause patients to be self-conscious about their smile as they can appear to big, bulky or loose and can slip while eating or speaking, causing embarrassment to the patient.

Facial Recession Prevention

When the jaw bone is not supported by tooth root, it compromises the facial structure, weakens the jaw bone, and the jaw bone begins to break down. This can cause facial sagging, premature aging and a gradual shifting of the patient’s jawline.

Dental implants prevent the deterioration of jawline by stimulating natural bone regeneration. They support the structure of the face and bite and prevent facial sagging, helping the patients look and feel younger.

How to Decide on Implants Versus Bridges

Before deciding on whether dental implants are better for you, or dental bridges, it is helpful to learn what they are.

Dental Implants

Dental implants constitute a series of procedures that are used to replace missing teeth. The most important factor of a dental implant is the initial titanium implant which is installed in the alveolus, or the original tooth’s bone pocket.

The titanium creates a bond with the jaw bone, similar to the original bond between the tooth and jaw bone, to prevent bone loss that usually occurs with any other type of tooth replacement.

Dental implants replace the visible portion of the tooth or enamel with a dental crown which replicates the enamel. In most cases, the replacement tooth works just as well, if not better, than the original tooth.

Fixed Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a procedure where a non-removable prosthesis attached to natural teeth literally bridge the gap created by missing teeth.

Although dental bridges had remained the best alternative for lost teeth for a long time due to being esthetically pleasing and successful at replacing teeth, they can cause serious problems.

As the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accept the appliance, it makes the teeth susceptible to decay, periodontal disease, bacterial plaque accumulation and possible need to future root canals.

Which is More Cost Effective?

Dental bridges seem like the more economical option, with the starting cost of a standard implant costing as much as the top end of the cost of a fixed bridge and ending a couple thousand dollars higher than bridges.

However, in the long run, considering the risks of future problems caused by bridges and comparing cost versus value, implants are more cost-effective and a better treatment option, given that the patient is a good candidate for implants.

Should You Get Dental Implants Supported Dentures?

Many American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)  dentists are now adding implant secured dentures to their list of services offered, and for good reason. Dental implants help secure the denture in place creating a more stable and confident smile.

Dentures secured by dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, helping the patients feel more confident in their smile, while improving oral health and the natural aesthetics of your smile. The high quality of dental materials used by AACD dentists ensure that the prosthetic teeth not only look beautiful, but also fit securely.

Dentures or Implant Secured Dentures?

Normal dentures can be bulky, awkward and make patients feel self-conscious about their smile as they can often slip while eating of speaking. They not only prevent you from laughing freely, but they also do not provide stability to the jaw bone, which leads to gradual facial regression.

Dental implants, which are surgically implanted into the bone tissue, integrate with the jaw over the course of about 3-6 months and help regenerate bone tissue, prevent facial regression and support the patient’s facial structure giving them a more youthful appearance.

Dental implant supported dentures give a more naturally beautiful smile and better oral health than traditional dentures for qualifying patients. You can reach out to your AACD to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

In order to qualify as a candidate for dental implants, substantial healthy bone tissue is required. Worried that you might not have enough healthy bone tissue?

There are several procedures that can be used to build bone tissue or optimize the existing tissue to make you a candidate for dental implants.

If you would like to learn more, you can browse our website at www.gentlecaredentists.com or contact us directly at 703-822-5583 or  info@gentlecaredentists.com.