Dental Implants - Sumter OMS
Dental Implants - Sumter OMS
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth root substitutes which when surgically placed in the jawbone, act as an anchors to stabilize artificial teeth. Implants work so well because the material from the implant biologically bonds with the living bone. Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or a full mouth. Implants also stop the progressive bone loss and shrinkage of the jawbone by "mimicking" the roots of natural teeth.
What happens when teeth are lost?
When teeth are removed, our body assumes there is no longer a need for the bone that supported those teeth. Over time the bone slowly, yet progressively diminishes. Consequently, the upper and lower jawbone become smaller and shrink. This process, called resorption, occurs at a more rapid rate if all teeth in the jaw are missng. If left untreated, the loss of jawbone can progress to the extent that a denture will no longer stay in place no matter how much adhesive is used.
In what situations are dental implants placed?
When one tooth is missing, that tooth may be replaced by one implant with a crown on top of it. When more than one tooth is missing, two implants may be placed with a bridge on top of them. When all teeth are missing, multiple implants may be placed to anchor a full denture.
Without teeth, the bone in your jaw becomes smaller over time. This bone loss makes the "fitting" of traditional dentures difficult or impossible. With the loss of a solid foundation of bone, dentures become loose and rub the gums causing pain and sore spots. This in turn leads to food entrapment under the denture. Refitting or replacing your dentures isn't a long-term solution. Dental implants eliminate the day-to-day frustration and pain of ill-fitting dentures. Utilizing implants, Dr. McGinnis can give you a new foundation to support new teeth that function and feel much the same as natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures, crowns, and bridges?
Your natural teeth absorb biting pressure of up to 540 pounds per square inch. It is not uncommon for long-time denture-wearers to absorb only 50 pounds per square inch or less. Dental implants, however, can withstand 450 pounds per square inch of biting pressure, when properly placed.
Dentures can be uncomfortable, and are often difficult to keep in place. Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. They are more comfortable and more stable.
Bridgework requires grinding down healthy teeth for support. Implants do not damage healthy surrounding teeth, while they help to maintain bone volume and preserve facial structure.
Dentures can restrict your diet and your social activities, because of the fear of potential embarrassment. Dental implants offer improved confidence and self-esteem and a natural-looking smile.
In addition, dental implants can last a lifetime.
What is the procedure for receiving dental implants?
A gentle surgical technique is performed in our office to place an anchoring "post" into the jawbone. During a healing period, the post bonds to the surrounding bone. This post becomes the "root" for an artificial tooth that is permanently placed over the "post."
Is the dental implant procedure a painful one?
During the implant placement patients generally do not feel a thing. Most experience only minimal discomfort following dental implant placement. Patients describe the implant placement as less troublesome than having a tooth extracted and the procedure can be done either under local anesthetic or intravenous sedation.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is medically healthy and missing one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants. Thousands of people of all ages are turning to this revolutionary alternative. If your mouth isn't ideal for dental implants, Dr. McGinnis can offer several ways to improve the outcome.
How long should a dental implant last?
With proper placement, excellent home care, regular dental visits, and good overall health, dental implants should be permanent.
Are there any disadvantages of dental implants?
Many insurance companies do not cover dental implants. In addition, dental implants are initially more costly than dentures or bridgework, however, the cost is relative since implant patients don't have to return for new dentures or removable bridgework every few years.