Sometimes, one of the hardest things to “get over” is something you’ve lost. If you’ve lost a tooth, you can regain the confidence and appearance of a natural tooth with a dental implant.
Whether your tooth (or teeth) were lost due to an accident, decay, or never grew into your mouth, there are some major advantages of dental implants, compared to other replacements.
You’ll look and feel great, because they feel, look, fit and function like healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you don’t have to think about them. You brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth – no need to remove them for cleaning.
They’re designed to last for many, many decades. Removable options like partials and dentures may need to be relined or replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. Fixed bridges require grinding down adjacent teeth to anchor the bridges. Any decay or injury to one of the anchor teeth requires replacing the entire bridge.
Implants are the only replacement option that actually helps stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to health issues such as jawbone deterioration, periodontal disease and TMJ problems.
A dental implant is made up of three parts: an artificial root that takes the place of the missing tooth’s root, a crown on the top made to look like a natural tooth, and an abutment that joins the two together.
In our office, the materials of choice are zirconium or 100% titanium. Zirconium is a metal that does act like metal in that it does not carry a charge. Titanium is the major component of many medical joint replacements. Both have stood the test of time and made to exacting criteria here in the USA.
Dr. Regiani spent much of 2017 taking advanced classes in implant dentistry in Boston and Santo Domingo. In May of 2018, after treatment planning and placing dozen of implants, he earned his Fellowship in the International Dental Implant Association.
Implants are one of the most exciting and best things to happen to dentistry in a long time, although they’ve been around since the 1960’s. Ask us if implants are a good choice for you!