Replacing missing teeth is very important to restoring function and esthetics. It also not only gives you a better looking smile, as helpful as that is, but it will prevents alteration of your bite and your ability to chew. For many years, bridges and dentures were the only choices that patients had as dental restorations. Those options still exist and they're certainly fine choices. But a fixed bridge must be anchored to the tooth on either side of it by having those teeth drilled down and a crown then placed on top to hold the ridge in place. In addition, some patients find that speaking is a bit awkward with a bridge. Partial dentures are removable and held in using dental adhesive. The downside is that this can be a messy process. Also, your dentures may still slide around, causing you to feel unsure when eating or speaking. Dental implants are at the top of the list when it comes to dental restorations and replacing missing teeth, since they require no adhesive and do not have any effect on your surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are so popular because at the end of the procedure you are left with a “tooth” that is in all ways as good as the permanent tooth that you lost. It is fully functional, and if well taken care of through normal dental care, it may well last you for a lifetime. The dental implant consists of two portions: the titanium root and the ceramic crown. The ceramic crown portion is much like any other dental crown. However, instead of covering a tooth it is attached to the titanium root. The ceramic crown is made to perfectly match the adjoining teeth, and it is just about impossible to detect that it is not a permanent tooth. The titanium root portion is surgically inserted into your jaw bone. After a few weeks it fuses with the jaw bone, and at this time the porcelain crown can be permanently attached. Once the implant is in place, you'll be able to speak and eat normally and with full confidence. You can brush it and floss between your implant and your other teeth as you would do in any other instance.
To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, your medical history and the health of your gums and jaw bone will be evaluated. The jaw bone needs to be in good enough condition to successfully support the implant. And your health history needs to show no obstacles to healing. Generally, if you are well enough to have the tooth extraction surgery, your body will do well with the implant surgery. And if it does turn out that your jaw bone isn't thick enough, a bone grafting procedure can be done to work around that problem. With a success rate right around 98%, dental implants are an excellent choice to restore your complete set of teeth.
Dr. Mohamed Attia is passionate about improving his patients’ overall oral health and helping them to obtain the smile they’ve always dreamed of. He has great experience in all aspects of implantology and has been placing dental implants for many years. Dr. Attia is a fellow of the ICOI International Congress of Oral Implantologists as well as the AAID American Academy of Implant Dentistry. A true surgeon in the real sense of the word, Dr. Attia views each procedure he performs as a work of art which needs to be performed with meticulousness and compassion. .