Losing a tooth affects more than personal appearance. Bone and gum tissue deteriorate quickly in and around an empty tooth socket, and people missing all their teeth suffer reduced bone height, sagging facial musculature and prematurely aged appearance. If you have a smile gap or have lost all your teeth, you could benefit from dental implants in Fort Lauderdale from Dr. Gary Kodish. Their benefits are many and the health and aesthetic return, outstanding.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth generally made up of three components:
- A titanium screw or cylinder
- A metal extension post
- A custom-made porcelain crown
Used in multiples, dental implants anchor fixed bridgework and full and partial dentures. In fact, Dr. Kodish is expert in the placement of MDI or mini-dental implants. They work well for these larger appliances and for people who have a limited amount of both soft and hard oral tissues.
Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, implants from your dentist in Fort Lauderdale encourage gum tissue health and jaw bone size and density. Placed during several in-office procedures, dental implants come in three basic types:
- Subperiosteal, which rests under the gums and on top of the bone
- Endosteal, which resides in the bone
- Plate form, a long, thin implant for placement in less dense bone
The Endosteal and Plate form implants meld with the jaw bone through a natural process called osseointegration. Because implants are load-carrying devices–that is, people exert pressure on them when they bite and chew–these prosthetics effectively exercise the jaw bone with use. That exercise maintains the density and strength of the bone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Besides the stable anchorage osseointegration provides through a dental implant, these outstanding prosthetics look and actually feel like real teeth. In fact, patients report that they virtually perceive no difference between their implants and their natural teeth–no matter where the devices reside in their mouths.
Speech is clear, and the devices do not slip the way traditional partial and full dentures can. They are very reliable, having a decades-long lifespan. So, while initially, dental implants cost patients more than bridgework or dentures which last about 10 years, implants rarely fail or need to be changed out.
Who Can Get an Implant?
If you are in good oral and overall health, you are likely a candidate. Additionally, people who brush twice a day, floss daily and get semi-annual check-ups and cleanings at Kodish Dental Group do well with these artificial teeth.
Even smokers can receive dental implants. However, Dr. Kodish cautions that smoking cessation decreases the likelihood of peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. It is the biggest threat to implant stability and retention.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that more than 90 percent of these restorative procedures succeed and stay in place for the long term. That makes implants the best tooth replacement option by far.
Interested in Dental Implants
If you are, contact Kodish Dental Group for a consultation with Dr. Gary Kodish. He’ll evaluate your oral health and explain your options for a brighter, more durable smile through dental implants.
Categories: Restorative Dentistry