|Paul D. Braun, D.D.S. Inc.|
|Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery|
More than half of today's population is affected by the loss of one or more teeth. Because our lifestyles, social activities, and appearances are so much a part of our individual uniqueness, tooth loss may be a deeply personal issue. However, with the latest advancements in dentistry, no one should feel self-conscious about their smile, their comfort, or their ability to eat certain foods. Today, because of dental implants, thousands of people are eating and enjoying foods they have not tasted in years.
If you are missing a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Implants have the look, feel and function of natural teeth. They are the most attractive, the most natural, and the most comfortable replacement for missing teeth. Implants can replace teeth that have been missing since birth or teeth that have been lost to gum disease, infection, trauma or decay. They can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and they can dramatically increase the retention and stability of dentures.
Dental implants help distribute chewing forces throughout the jawbone, so they can help restore the chewing power lost with missing teeth. They also minimize the erosion of the jawbone that normally occurs when teeth are lost. Many patients who have received dental implants comment that there is a significant improvement in the quality of their lives. Patients feel more confident and comfortable chewing and smiling. Implants also eliminate many of the problems associated with bridges, removable partials, and full dentures.
Consequences of Tooth Loss
Following tooth loss, loss of the underlying bone also occurs. As bone reduction occurs, problems associated with the lack of support can lead to denture discomfort, mobility, and lack of retention. Continued loss of bone from the upper and lower jaws can affect the appearance of the overlying facial soft tissue, giving the patient the appearance of aging.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
What Implant patients are saying
- Inconvenient adhesives
- Decreased taste
- Difficulty eating
- Decreased self-esteem
- Pain and discomfort
- Difficulty speaking
- Bone loss
"My implants feel, function and clean like natural teeth. I wouldn't consider anything else," Carl M., age 40.
"I used to avoid eating in public. Now that I have implants, I can eat anything I want with confidence and comfort," Karen S., age 57
How Dental Implants Can Benefit You
Dental implants provide a foundation of support in the mouth for artificial teeth, helping to eliminate any embarrassment associated with removable teeth. More importantly, implants improve your ability to chew and speak.
The Benefits are Plain and Simple
Implants provide you with:
Types of Implants
- Increased chewing function and taste
- Improve speech
- Preserve remaining natural teeth
- Provide increased comfort
- Improve self-esteem
- Eliminate partials/dentures
- Ensure tooth stability
- Eliminate adhesives
- Reduce bone loss
- Restore natural tooth appearance
According to the National Institute of Health Consensus Conference on Dental Implants, dental implants are viable treatment options in a number of situations. They can replace a single tooth, a series of teeth, or a full arch. The correct number and location of implants for you can best be determined after a thorough examination and discussion with your dentist and Dr. Braun.
As you move through the implant decision making process, you will benefit from the professional advice of an experienced, qualified surgeon and your restorative dentist. Dr. Braun and your restorative dentist's expertise is best realized when working as a team. We will work closely with you and your dentist through every phase of treatment to make your experience safe, comfortable, convenient, and predictable. Together we consult to form a treatment that fulfills your aesthetic and functional needs while providing the most predictable long-term results.