One of the most asked questions we get is “Why do I need to replace my missing tooth?” There are a few reasons why you need to replace missing teeth. The most obvious reason is the fact that you will have a big gap in your smile. Some less obvious reasons are loss of chewing function, shifting of your teeth and inability to eat a complete diet once a tooth is missing. But the most important reason to replace a missing tooth is to avoid loosing bone. Teeth stimulate our jaw bone so that it stays strong and continues to regenerate itself when we chew. If there is no tooth present to stimulate the bone, then the bone melts away in that area compromising the teeth on either side of the open space. This melting away of bone contributes to premature ageing of your facial profile and additional tooth loss in that area due to lack of bone support. Dental Implants go where the root of your tooth used to be and are able to stimulate the bone and keep it strong and healthy. It has been determined that there is 40-60% of bone loss with in the first 3 months of a tooth being extracted if a bone graft is not placed to help preserve the bone height until an implant is ready to be placed.
Our traditional approach to replacing missing teeth have been crown and bridge, dentures, and partials. All of these options are good for reaching short term goals of cosmetics but none of these options have the ability to prevent bone loss where the tooth is missing and also on the adjacent teeth. Dental Implants stimulate the bone with every bite you take and are able to maintain healthy bones.
What are dental implants?
Modern dental implants are precision devices available in many different sizes and designs to address your specific needs. It is a titanium screw that is placed where the roots of your missing tooth used be in your jawbone, acting as an anchor for a custom made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place you may not be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.
How long should implants last?
There is a 97-99% success rate of dental implants over a 10 year period. Some factors that can cause implant failure are things that the patient does at home, including lack of hygiene, and smoking.
Dr. Gottfried has been a member of the ICOI since 2009, after finishing his 216 hour implant continuum at the Triangle Dental Institute in Durham, NC. He has been restoring implants for years, and has enjoyed the challenge and satisfaction with placing his own implants for the past few years. He has a passion to keep current and stay ahead of the curve in implant technology by committing to very in depth continuing education courses.
Dr. Mann has also completed the 216 hour Implant Continuum at the Triangle Dental Institute and is excited about telling her patients about dental implants.
We believe that Dental Implants are becoming the standard of care, in most cases, for replacing missing teeth and are happy to be able to provide this wonderful service to our patients.