Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gum like removable partial dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacement that Dr. Dean surgically places in the jaw bone.
A Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or dental decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Recurrent decay, peridontal disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years,
Dental Implants vs. Conventional Dentures
Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or serve as a stable anchor for a upper or lower denture. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation. Anesthesia and surgical options will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Dean.
What Type of Imaging Is used?
Our office uses cone beam imaging to insure precise treatment planning and surgical placement of implants.