Every now and then teeth have the audacity to fail on you. They can split, fracture, or just plain decay into the nether regions where no amount of heroic effort can bring them back to live the good life. Time to say adios, amigo.
But before you send your tooth on to tooth heaven, you may want to decide what’s next-how to replace it (or not).
Once the tooth has been declared a goner . . . ahem . . . “non-restorable”, talk to your dentist about your options, and the pros and cons of each. In some situations, a replacement may not even be necessary.
Of the options available today, the latest and the greatest is the Dental Implant. The implant, when restored, comes closest to making the finished product look natural and blend in with your smile.
Dr William Dragolich, our friendly neighborhood periodontist, specializes in the placement of dental implants, and has treated many of our patients, with great success.
Here is a great overview about implants by Dr Dragolich:
There is a lot of talk these days about implants. Mostly the references are to “cosmetic enhancements”. But, let’s talk about dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It can also stabilize a loose or uncomfortable denture. Dental implants are an ideal choice for people in good general oral health and of all ages, who have lost one or more teeth.
Implants serve to support replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. In addition to keeping your smile attractive, you’ll find that with dental implants, bone health can be maintained. With a bridge or denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the missing tooth starts to deteriorate. The loss of the jawbone can result in collapse of the cheeks and wrinkling. Excessive loss of the jawbone could increase the risk of a fracture. A dental implant keeps the jawbone healthy and intact by stimulation of the bone similar to a natural tooth.
Now, let’s look at another benefit of dental implants; they allow the remaining teeth to maintain their integrity. Because an implant stands alone, the replacement does not depend on the support of the neighboring healthy teeth. With a conventional tooth-supported fixed bridge, the adjacent teeth are ground down to support the cemented bridge. If these ground-down teeth suffer additional damage such as tooth decay or gum disease, the support of the bridge is compromised and may be lost. In addition, the teeth supporting the bridge may also be lost. Studies also indicate that a tooth anchoring a bridge is 3 times more likely to need a root canal.
Bothersome problems of dentures are also avoided with dental implants. By anchoring the denture to implants, there is less movement, less discomfort and better chewing function. In addition, confidence is gained in social settings knowing the dentures are secured while talking.
When considering implants, it should be noted that the start-to-finish timeline is a few weeks longer than conventional treatments, while the cost remains comparable to the fixed bridge option.
The success of dental implants is achieved through comprehensive evaluation and thoughtful planning by your general dentist and periodontist (gum doctor). Dr. Rao and Dr. William Dragolich, working together, will provide you with the information you need to decide if dental implants are the right choice for you.
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