Dr. Kaz Zymantas often recommends a dental implant procedure over other tooth replacement treatments for several reasons. Traditional treatment options, like removable dentures, rest on your gums and can shift or move, causing a host of problems. Others, such as fixed bridges, rely upon adjacent teeth that serve as anchors which can cause the need to replace the bridge over time. Since dental implants are fused directly into the jaw bone, they are a more attractive long term tooth replacement solution and continue to have a very high success rate.
Introduction to Dental Implants in Naperville, IL
An estimated 69 percent of adults between 35 and 44 years of age have lost at least one tooth to decay, some type of injury, or gum disease. Statistics show that by the age of 74, 26 percent of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. It is therefore in your best interest to work with an experienced periodontist as soon as you have lost a tooth. Even though a missing tooth might not bother you, it can cause oral health problems and lead to jaw bone loss or damage to surrounding teeth.
Dental technology today offers alternatives to traditional methods of tooth replacement. However, procedures such as dentures and fixed bridges, are not without complications. Removable dentures can cause bone loss that can affect your facial structure, resulting in loose dentures and alterations in the way they fit. Poor fitting dentures can make embarrassing clicking sounds when speaking or eating. Fixed bridges are another tooth replacement option but require grinding down adjacent teeth that may or may not have restorative needs. Bridges and dentures need to be replaced over the years, as they typically last approximately five to ten years. Both procedures are still considered to be safe and are viable options for replacing lost teeth.
The latest research shows that dental implant procedures offer better long term results for tooth replacement. Since the titanium implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, the implants fuse easily into the existing bone tissue and are permanently connected to the jaw. Once fully integrated, the implants cannot slip or make embarrassing noises. In addition, they are hard to distinguish from natural teeth. Since they are designed to look and function just like natural teeth, they also stimulate the jaw bone, minimize bone loss, and also resist decay.
Dental implant technology has been around for more than 20 years and continues to improve. Patients with implants who take care of their oral health can enjoy the benefit of this permanent tooth replacement solution for years to come!
Want to learn more about dental implants? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Zymantas to learn more about dental implant procedures and other tooth replacement treatment options.