Regain Confidence in Your Smile!
When teeth are lost due to accident, injury, disease, or extraction, dental implants may provide a secure, functional replacement option. Permanently anchored to the jawbone, dental implants restore chewing ability, provide support for the facial muscles, and prevent jawbone atrophy.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts inserted into the jawbone at the location of the missing tooth. The bone bonds to the post and forms a secure foundation onto which the dentist can attach and shape artificial teeth to match the patient’s existing teeth. Implants may also provide an anchor for bridgework or a denture. The dental implant process generally requires two steps: “anchoring” and “attachment.”
In most cases, the first step involves surgically anchoring the post into the jawbone below the gum tissue. To form a stable, enduring base that will withstand the tremendous mechanical pressure involved in normal chewing, the bone tissue will need time to heal and bond with the post. During the healing period, Dr. Grinaldi may provide a temporary bridge or denture to facilitate eating and to help maintain facial muscle support. Meanwhile, your carefully designed artificial teeth will be customized for attachment to the implant posts.
Once the dental implant post has bonded with the jawbone, Dr. Grinaldi can attach the replacement tooth/teeth to the post. Depending on the number of missing teeth, your implant restoration may be a crown, bridge, partial, or denture. The result is a secure, attractive replacement tooth or set of teeth, designed to function as effectively as the remaining natural teeth.
Dental implant technology has been used with a 90 to 95% success rate for over 20 years. For best results, recipients should be in good general health, with proper bone structure and healthy gums. Often, people unable to wear dentures are among those who benefit most from implants. On the other hand, chronic health problems such as clenching, bruxism, or systemic diseases may decrease the success rate of the procedure. Finally, those who smoke or drink alcohol may also be poor candidates for implants.
Cost & Commitment
Due to the surgery involved, implant procedures are typically more expensive than traditional bridgework. However, dental and medical insurance may cover portions of such restoration. It’s best to discuss this with our staff during your evaluation for dental implant placement so that we can assist you in working with your insurance company.
Finally, implant candidates should seriously consider their own commitment to the future of their oral health. In fact, poor oral hygiene itself is a common cause of implant failure. So you’ll want to be sure and brush and floss around your fixtures at least twice a day, according to the specific instructions we give you. You may also need more frequent professional cleanings to maintain healthy gums.