Dental Implants from Tyler Smiles: Build a Solid Foundation
Sometimes, people lose permanent teeth due to accident, injury, disease or extraction. In such cases, we find dental implants to be a secure, functional replacement option. They’re superior to many other replacement choices because they actually restore comfort and beauty, while also remaining functional for the long run. What’s more, they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, and therefore do not represent a threat to the integrity of your overall dental structural health. Sometimes, Dr. Coker will recommend implants as anchors for bridgework or fixed dentures as well.
Since they are permanently, surgically anchored to the jawbone, dental implants offer impressive advantages over other tooth replacement options. Their stability and permanence allows them to restore, not limit, your ability to speak and eat normally. Also, their firm positioning supplies support to facial musculature, improving rather than detracting from your normal appearance. And this solid foundation means that once they’re implanted, you’ll never have to deal with the inconveniences and discomfort of ill-fitting prostheses again. In fact, you’ll probably forget they’re even there.
Permanent Posts for Dental Implants
The implant itself consists of a small titanium post, inserted into the jawbone below the gum surface at the location of the missing tooth. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation onto which artificial teeth are attached and shaped to match your existing teeth. Your restoration will most likely be a simple crown. For two or more missing teeth, you’ll probably require permanent fixed bridgework. And, if we’re replacing a complete set of upper or lower teeth, we’ll evaluate the advantages of removable vs. fixed prosthesis, which in turn determines how many implants per jaw are required.
The dental implant process generally requires three separate steps, “anchoring”, “attachment”, and “restoration”. As the ‘orchestrator’ of a professional implant procedure team, Dr. Coker coordinates each step, the first two of which are completed by an Oral Surgeon who specializes in implant surgery.
Once we’ve determined that implants are the best option for you, we work with you individually to evaluate the specific type of implants appropriate to resolve your particular concerns, carefully assembling all steps of your treatment plan.
Statistics of Success
Those unfamiliar with implant technology may question the success rate of such procedures. Surprisingly enough, the technology is well over 25 years old, and has proven successful in tooth replacement, depending primarily on the recipient’s health, as well as the location and function of the teeth being replaced.
Teeth placed in the lower front jaw may be up to 95% successful, while side or rear placements may be only 90% successful. It’s also best if recipients are in good general health, with proper bone structure and healthy gums. Often, people unable to wear dentures are among those who benefit most from implants. On the other hand, chronic health problems such as clenching, bruxism, or systemic diseases may decrease the success rate of the procedure immensely. Finally, those who smoke or drink alcohol may also be poor implant candidates.
Restoration Considerations: Cost & Commitment
Sometimes, restorative and reconstructive procedures are considerably more expensive than traditional dental work. However, dental and medical insurance may cover portions of such restoration. It’s best to discuss this with cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Coker and our staff during your evaluation for dental implant placement, so that we can assist you in working with your insurance company.
Finally, as a restoration candidate, you should seriously consider your own commitment to future oral health. As you might imagine, poor oral hygiene itself is a common cause of bridge and implant failure. This means that you’ll want to be sure and brush and floss around your bridgework or implants at least twice a day, according to the specific instructions we give you. Further, you may need up to four annual professional cleanings to maintain healthy gums.