What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular tooth replacement treatment known for permanence, durability, functionality and natural-looking appearance. Since implants were first introduced, they have helped millions of patients replace their missing or damaged teeth.

What Happens When You Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?

Many people put off replacing missing teeth. Common reasons for delay include anxiety over cost and fear of an uncomfortable replacement procedure. Unfortunately, these are short-sighted views, as putting off replacing missing teeth will lead to far greater financial cost and physical discomfort in the long term. Short term consequences of missing teeth include diminished chewing efficiency and changes to facial appearance. Long term consequences are more severe and compound the initial problems. Bone responds to the loss of a tooth by the process of atrophy; however, unlike muscle, bone does not have the capacity to be naturally rebuilt. Over time bone atrophy can significantly change facial structure and complicate future tooth replacement. Furthermore, tooth absence leads to shifting of the  remaining teeth. Missing a tooth on your bottom jaw can lead to the top opposing tooth super erupting (growing down) and the tooth behind the space tipping forward. Overtime this sequela leads to a “jigsaw type” bite that can complicate chewing and TMJ function. Patients with concerns about financial cost should talk to Dr. Bensianoff about financing options.

Magic Smile Dental is a longtime partner of CareCredit, an amazing company who specializes in making healthcare affordable. Patients who associate dental implant procedures with pain should know that in a 2007 survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology more than half of dental implant patients reported “very little to no pain or discomfort” experienced during the process and only 33% described the procedure as “somewhat painful or uncomfortable”. These survey results demonstrate that although implant procedures elicit fear or anxiety in potential patients, the reality is not something to be frightened of.

Bridges, Dentures or Dental Implants?

While fixed bridges and removable dentures have their place, they are not always the best solution. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Of greater concern, fixed bridges often require the partial cutting of adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, compared to an average 25-year life span for dental implants. Dr. Bensianoff and his team of specialists can help you determine which option is best for you.

Magic Smile Dental Specializes In Implant Dentistry

What sets us apart from other providers offering implants is our technology, expertise and experience, which allow us to attend to all of your dental implant needs under one roof. How so? Our cutting-edge Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), allows the doctor to visualize your bone in 3 dimensions, highlighting vital structures such as nerves and vessels and allowing for safe and proper planning of your case. Dr. Bensianoff and Board Certified in-house periodontist Dr. Mark Khaimov have many years of experience in the field and are continually bettering themselves by attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Call us at (908) 486-5000 to schedule an appointment, or click here to fill out our appointment form. Dr. Anatoly Bensianoff, your Linden NJ dentist, offers dental services to the residents of Linden, Roselle, Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Rahway, Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Garwood, Carteret, Avenel, Union, Colonia, Hillside, Staten Island, Port Reading, and Westfield.

 

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