According to The American Academy of Implant Dentistry an estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and 1 in 4 people over the age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth. Loss of teeth can make you look older and feel uncomfortable or embarrassed in social situations. Most importantly, it can affect your overall health. If you have missing teeth, dental implants will help you regain a confident smile while still looking completely natural.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, hold a dental bridge, or stabilize dentures. An implant is an artificial tooth root made of high-grade titanium. In our office implants are surgically placed by our specialist. After the bone heals and fuses to the implant a replacement tooth, crown, or denture is attached to it.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- They are implanted in your mouth, which prevents jawbone shrinkage that occurs when teeth are missing.
- They function, feel, and look like natural teeth.
- No work on adjacent teeth is required, as with a dental bridge.
- Unlike removable dentures, they won’t slip around or fall out. You can smile with confidence.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- Before the replacement tooth is secured to the root form, there is a two- to six-month waiting period for your jawbone to heal. You can wear a temporary tooth replacement while you wait.
- They are more expensive than other forms of tooth replacement, because the cost is per implant.
Dental Implants That Last
Dental implants are a lasting form of tooth replacement if they are correctly placed. But if shortcuts are taken, serious implant mistakes can occur.
Proper placement of the implants requires a thorough review of your medical history, and three-dimensional CT scans. This is to ensure that you have adequate jawbone density for the implants and that they are properly placed. Quality implant fixtures must be used.
What are the results if shortcuts are taken or if cheap implant fixtures are used? Nerves can be damaged, causing pain and tingling that linger. Infection can occur. Implants can loosen and need to be replaced.
Dr. Aaron Schamback understands what is required for quality implant placement. He participated in a one-year training course from Implant Seminars. Implant Seminars was founded by internationally-known implant dentist, Dr. Aaron Garg who, since 1989, has taught surgical training workshops.
Dr. Justin Schwartz, our in-house Periodontist, is a board-certified periodontist. After completing dental school, he received additional training specific to the placement of dental implants. Dr. Schwartz has successfully placed 5000 implants. He will determine if this treatment is right for you, assess if bone grafting is required to ensure your implants are secure, and use high-quality implant fixtures. You can be confident you will receive implants that will last.
We are confident that your experience will be much like that of our patient Marlene who, after receiving implants to restore her smile, said: “Now I love my smile! I’m able to eat anything I want, and I’m not embarrassed to smile anymore. The staff was great, and Dr. Schwartz did a great job.”
Every step of the implant procedure—from the surgical placement of the root form through securing the replacement tooth to it—is done in our office. Contact us to schedule an appointment for an exam, or if you would like to ask a few questions first and discuss your options, request a complimentary consultation.