Benefits of Dental Implants
Natural-looking, long-lasting teeth replacement options!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is fixed into the jawbone and acts like an artificial tooth root. It is usually capped with a crown, bridge or denture. Dental implants have become the most effective solution for single–tooth and multiple-teeth replacement in dentistry today.
Dr. Amini: specialist in replacing and restoring teeth
Dr. Amini is a prosthodontist, a specialist in restoring and replacing teeth, also has a surgical fellowship in implant dentistry. He is highly regarded in his field and was asked to be an assistant professor at Loma Linda University Center for Prosthodontics and Dental Implants, where, he trains students in implant dentistry. Dr. Amini has completed thousands of implant cases. Many patients are referred to our office by their general dentists because of Dr. Amini’s expertise in complex dentistry, including dental implants.
When you use Dr. Amini for your implant procedure, you can be sure of expert treatment at every step of the way right here in our office. The result is beautiful, natural-looking and long-lasting new teeth.
The modern solution for missing teeth
Dental implants are considered to be the modern solution for replacing missing teeth for the following reasons:
- Dental Implants can last a lifetime.
- Dental Implants act, look and feel like natural teeth.
- Dental Implants prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
- Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable.
- Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease because there is no gap to collect food and bacteria.
- Dental Implants can prevent the facial sagging and premature aging that occurs when teeth are left missing a long time.
Minimally invasive procedure
Dr. Amini uses state-of-the-art technology to precisely plan implant procedures before the day of treatment. This allows for a minimally invasive experience—that is, no cutting or stitches. It also means patients have little to no post-operative discomfort.
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Implants are a great alternative to Dentures
In the past, the standard of care when people lost their teeth was dentures. Dental implants are the standard of care in modern dentistry, and there are many affordable options for missing teeth using dental implants. With technology advancements, implant placement is now a minimally invasive procedure.
The disadvantages of Dentures
- Dentures often have to be kept in the mouth by using a dental adhesive.
- Dentures have to be removed for cleaning.
- Dentures cover the roof of the mouth, which can interfere with your sense of taste or other normal activities.
- Dentures can slip out while you’re eating or speaking.
- Dentures only have 10% or less full chewing power, making it difficult to eat the foods you want and need to eat.
- Dentures click while you eat.
- Dentures don’t provide the stimulation needed to prevent bone loss.
- Wearing dentures can lead to collapse of the lower part of the face caused by progressive bone loss.
The dangers of Dentures and not replacing missing teeth
#1 When a tooth is lost or extracted, bone loss occurs in the area of the gap left behind.
In the first year after a tooth is lost without being replaced, 25% of the bone volume is lost, and this process only continues. Dentures accelerate the bone loss by wearing down the boney ridges where the teeth sit.
One of the effects of bone loss is facial sagging. When this occurs, the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin becomes smaller, causing the lower third of the face to collapse inward. This can lead to drooping and wrinkly skin around the mouth, thinning lips and a pointier chin. This makes people look much older than they are.
#2 Dentures provide only 10% of natural chewing power.
With only a fraction of their chewing power available to them, denture-wearers must avoid certain foods, including healthy ones such as nuts and hard vegetables and fruits.
#3 Due to the continual bone loss, dentures easily lose their fit.
Even though dentures may fit when they’re first made, over time they will loosen due to bone loss when the jaws are unstimulated by the chewing pressure of teeth. This can lead to denture sores and painful chewing.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
A bridge is used for replacing one or more missing teeth and consists of two or more false teeth supported by the adjacent teeth.
With a bridge, two usually healthy teeth must be ground down, which is not an ideal solution. Dental implants can last a lifetime, whereas a bridge usually breaks down after a while, depending on how well they are cared for.
Dr. Amini sees a higher success rate with dental implants than with bridges and recommends an implant when possible. He studies each patient’s individual case and makes the best treatment recommendation based on the patient’s situation, goals and budget.
Who are candidates for Dental Implants?
Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dental implants are now an option for most people. For instance, advanced bone grafting techniques can effectively augment patients’ jawbone so that it can support implants. Also, 3D imaging technology and specially angled dental implants have made it possible for dentists to take maximum advantage of existing bone, making bone grafting unnecessary and allowing for a precise, minimally invasive procedure.
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