Years ago, missing teeth were considered a part of growing old. For many people the only options they had to replace these missing teeth were bridges or partials and dentures. Both of these procedures have their benefits, but they also have their downsides.
Replicating the natural function and appearance of your lost teeth used to be difficult to accomplish. Historically, dentures or bridge restorations would be used as replacements, but with limited success. Dental implants, however, are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that also provide the same function as your natural tooth root. They can also be used to anchor dentures for solid fit and greater success and patient satisfaction.
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is gently placed into your upper or lower jawbone. Most patients report little or no discomfort after the procedure. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. A single tooth or a full arch of teeth that have been lost due to injury or disease may be able to be replaced with dental implants. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues.
A common reason people consider implants is due to poor fit of their dentures, which causes difficulty in chewing and a fear of losing the dentures while talking or eating. The majority of patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food and they report that the implants are a far more comfortable alternative.
At the Ultimate Dental Studio, dental implants may be more affordable than you think. Very reasonable financing options are available for most patients. With proper care and maintenance dental implants can give you a lifetime of improved appearance, function, and confidence.
We understand that some people are anxious about dental procedures. Dr. Kim’s calm and reassuring chair side manner helps alleviate most peoples concerns, but we do offer oral sedation dentistry to people who desire additional anxiety relief.