Replace Teeth With Dental Implants
Your natural teeth are your best teeth, but sometimes keeping your natural teeth simply is not an option. A tooth may need to be removed because of trauma, decay, or gum disease. If you’re struggling with missing teeth or need to stabilize dentures, our Pinecrest dental office can provide durable and strong dental implants.
At Greenstein Dental, we place our own dental implants restored with same-day crowns. Dental implants can replace your missing teeth or provide support for your full dentures or partial dentures. Dr. Greenstein has extensively studied dental implants in order to provide this ground-breaking treatment.
Dental implants, which are titanium posts, integrate with your jawbone and essentially replace the tooth root. In certain instances, bone or gum grafting procedures are incorporated into the surgical process for optimal function and cosmetics. Implants offer incredible strength and longevity. With good oral hygiene, your dental implant can last a lifetime.
With Dr. Greenstein’s gentle approach and professional technique, most patients find that implant placement is surprisingly smooth with little, if any, discomfort as compared with having the original tooth removed. Depending upon your individual situation, temporary restorations may be placed the same day so that you immediately look and feel much better. Final restorations will follow after the requisite number of months for healing take place.
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a fabulous addition to our bag of tricks that we can offer patients in order to help replace a missing tooth. Patients have far greater difficulty having a wisdom tooth taken out or having to go through a painful root canal because the infection is so severe when they walk in to actually place the implant. There is no nerve down there to tell you OUCH. As long as you are comfortably numb, we can go ahead and not only get you an implant on the same day but in some cases put a temporary restoration; get a tooth in there on the same day. Surprisingly when I check up on you after implant surgery, that night or the next day, I can’t tell you how many times patients tell me “doc, I’m just fine”. So I’m always amazed at just how well patients recover from what to them seems like such a challenging or difficult procedure to do.
Dental implants do much more than stabilize your oral appliances or fill the gaps created by missing teeth. They help preserve your jawbone and give you optimal biting force.
When you lose your teeth, your jawbone and gums begin to recede. Non-implant supported dentures give you some biting force and are aesthetically pleasing, but they cannot stop your jawbone from receding. In fact, denture wearers often have their dentures adjusted to fit their ever-changing jawbone shape. Patients who are suffering from jawbone loss form wrinkles around their mouths and lose the vertical height between their chins and noses.
Dental implants also provide a chewing force that can only be topped by your natural teeth. Removable dentures provide little chewing support – a fact most denture wearers know all too well. Dental implants, however, can give you about 90 percent of the chewing force that you had with your natural teeth. Imagine all the food restrictions that come with removable dentures. Once you’ve had dental implants to stabilize your dentures, you can eat the food you love again.
It’s not just food restrictions, either. Removable dentures often inhibit patients from getting the nutrition they need, which leads to improper and unhealthy eating habits. A recent study showed that people without teeth live an average of 10 years less than people with teeth or dental implants. Dental implants are more expensive than bridges and removable dentures, but we encourage our patients to view dental implants as an investment toward their overall health and quality of life.
To be a candidate for dental implants, you must be in relative good health and free of chronic disease like diabetes. To hear more about implant dentistry, call us at 305-290-2293 or use our online form to schedule your first appointment with us.