If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants might be the best option for you. Dental implants are titanium screws what serve as anchors for replacement of missing teeth. There are many indications for dental implants and with rapid improvement over the years in dental implant success, implants have become the ideal option for replacing missing teeth, be it a single tooth or entire arch.
There are many benefits to dental implants. Unlike dental bridges that require preparation of adjacent teeth to serve as anchors for the missing tooth, dental implants are stand alone. Thus, healthy tooth structure of teeth adjacent to the missing tooth do not have to be altered. In cases where there are no adjacent teeth to serve as anchors dental implants might be the only option other than dentures. With improvements in design to aid osseointegration (fusion of the implant with the surrounding bone), dental implants have become the standard for long term restorative success. And for patients missing all of their teeth in one of both arches, implant supported dentures or full arch bridges are the best option of treatment, eliminating instability, tissue irritation, dislodgement, and hygiene issues associated with traditional dentures. Finally, unlike natural teeth dental implants do not get decay
Dental implants look and feel like a natural tooth. They are ideal for replacing missing teeth and restore function, allowing you to chew and speak naturally. There are many consideration that go into the dental implant procedure, such as amount of bone available to support the implant and healing time, which may be several months before the implant is ready to support a crown. Ask Dr. Dekano and his staff if you are considering dental implants and they will explain in detail the entire procedure and if it is right for you.