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Dental Implants are titanium posts that provide a very strong foundation and solution for replacing your teeth. With implants, your new, artificial teeth will look and feel like they’ve been there all along – no more dentures that slip while you talk or eat, that need to be taken out before bed, that feel like “false” teeth that are not actually yours.
Dental implants fuse with your jawbone through “osseointegration”. They are complete, permanent replacements for not only your teeth, but their roots, and their place in your jaw. This prevents the progression of bone loss in the jaw that comes with typical bridgework or dentures over time – the gradual recession of your jaw line – making you look and feel like your younger self.
Dentists can replace one tooth or even all your teeth with dental implants! A permanent solution to tooth loss, they are cavity-resistant, and can support dental bridges, crowns, or dentures. Although there are other alternatives to tooth restoration, none are as strong, effective, or longer-lasting than dental implants.
Dental implants should always be your first consideration to replacing your teeth, and dentists agree they are the best solution. Replacement of lost teeth with titanium dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth since 1965, and they are still the ideal treatment choice, as no other method or material fuses with the jawbone as well and as naturally as titanium.
Why Should I get Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are now seen in the dental industry as the best and really only option for replacing one or several missing teeth, while avoiding the laundry list of cosmetic and oral health problems, as well as necessary lifestyle changes, that are inevitable without implants. Some of these include bone loss in the jaw, loss of integrity to adjacent teeth, and not being able to enjoy the food and lifestyle that you’re used to.
You don’t have to take our word for it. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, “Although there are many restorative options for replacing missing teeth, none have proven as functionally effective and durable as dental implants.”
Dr. Mark Wolff, associate dean at New York University’s College of Dentistry, stated that “a proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity,” in an issue of TIME magazine.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental Implants act as artificial roots, preventing the bone loss that comes with missing teeth, fixed bridges, and removable dentures
- When your old teeth are lost or extracted, bone loss in the jaw will begin and your jaw can recede by a quarter inch, causing further medical problems.
- Implants fuse to your jaw, and keep the jaw bone and jaw line completely intact.
- Loss of your jaw line will make you look prematurely aged, while dental implants will retain your jaw line entirely, making you look much younger.
Dental Implants preserve adjacent teeth.
- Fixed bridges require grinding down the teeth adjacent to the ones being replaces. Dental Implants preserve those teeth.
- The bone loss associated with missing teeth, fixed bridges, or other alternatives to dental implants will begin to affect the teeth near the extraction site, causing their eventual demise. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone, preserving it.
- Compromising the integrity of adjacent teeth can mean that they may eventually need to be replaced as well, causing a vicious circle, multiple trips to the dentist, and more replaced teeth. Dental Implants are a one-shot solution to missing teeth.
Dental Implants paired with artificial teeth have all the advantages of real teeth and none of the problems that come with “false teeth”
- - Dentures are installed into and held in place by implants; you will learn to love them as your own teeth. You will no longer have to worry about:
- - Slipping in the middle of a meal or conversation
- - Taking your dentures out before bed
- - People knowing you have “false teeth”
- - Denture creams
- - Dental implants allow you to fully enjoy any food that you could eat with regular teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, that often cannot chew food properly, there is no need to eat only mushy meals.
- - You’ll be able to fully taste every bite of your meal – since your artificial teeth are installed to your dental implants, there is nothing covering the roof of your mouth, allowing all of your taste buds in on your eating.
Dental Implants are the most durable, permanent option to tooth replacement, saving you money in the long run. While bridges without implants last 7-9 years, and dentures must be removed, implants last for decades.
- With dental implants, your artificial teeth, or dentures, are as strong and secure as natural teeth.
- Dental implants have a very high success rate. They are widely considered by dental professionals to be the best option for replacing missing teeth.
- Without dental implants, a bridge or partial denture will have to be replaced every several years, while dental implants combined with dentures last decades. This saves you money in the long run.
- With dental implants and bridges, instead of replacing each tooth with an individual implant and crown, fixed bridges can be used, meaning less work required, also saving you money.
- Without implants, dentures will need to be refitted again and again over your lifetime, as your jaw bone will recede.
Why go to Dr. Hamill for Dental Implants?
Depending on whom you ask, Dental Implants have a success rate of between 90-95%. What does this mean? It means that everything has gone according to plan: the implant was placed in the proper, exact place, and surgically installed successfully; and, it has successfully gone through its osseointegration process with the bone, essentially fusing it into your jaw as part of your body.
But sometimes, the surgery or the process fails. Something went wrong; either the implant is placed incorrectly, or it was not installed properly, or the dentist or oral surgeon didn’t plan for things like the jaw’s chewing angle.
Dr. Hamill has a high success rate with his patients’ dental implants. His experience, he uses to place the implant, coupled with proper and thorough patient counseling he gives after the surgery are what Dr. Hamill credits to his record. Not many dentists or oral surgeons can say the same thing.
Dr. Hamill also goes step by step through the process with each patient. He takes a digital x-ray, and shows it to his patients before each surgery. He explains the procedure, shows the patient on the screen what is going where, and makes the process as easy and painless as possible.
Dr. Hamill’s success rate, his concern for his patients, his meticulous nature, and his calm and friendly manner will put your anxiety at bay and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
The dental office of Douglas Hamill DDS offers a full range of services inlcuding dental implants. Call today to schedule an appointment with our professional staff and see what we can do for you.
Dental Implant Procedure
- The first stage consists of surgically burying the implant
- The second stage, the surgeon checks the implant for its successful integration and connects the post
- The third and final stage involves attaching the prosthetic tooth to the post
Watch this short video on dental implants!