DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.
Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant serves the purpose of replacing a missing tooth. This restores chewing function where the open space is in the mouth. Not only can a dental implant fill a missing space, but there are also many other important benefits long term to choosing a dental implant over a partial, or just leaving the open space.
When a tooth is missing the teeth around it and above or below it tends to shift. They naturally want the space to be filled and want to move into the open spot. The problem that occurs is this: Once the teeth start to move and drift, gum and bone problems begin to develop with the drifting teeth, leaving them compromised. The tooth above or below the space starts to supra-erupt meaning continue to come in because they have no opposing force. The tooth that is supra-erupting is also now compromised, leaving a poor prognosis for it as well. There is no way to tell how fast teeth around a missing space will start to move. For some, it could be years, others just months. Another downfall of waiting too long is that the open space may no longer be a candidate for an implant if the teeth around it have drifted too much.
It is also important to restore chewing function from a missing tooth. Molars are the most common tooth in the mouth to be missing. These are the teeth we chew the most with, including hard, crunchy foods. When we are missing one or more molars, the smaller teeth in front of them begin to do more work, putting them at risk for fractures since they are not designed for this much force.
The first step to seeing if you are a good candidate for a dental implant is to schedule a consultation for an exam and radiographs of the area. Sometimes a bone graft is needed prior to implant placement to replace any missing bone in the area for optimum support. This is crucial for the success of the implant and is a very straightforward, minimally invasive procedure. Once the implant is placed, the area must heal for 4-6 months before the permanent crown is placed (this is essentially the tooth that will be in your mouth). With advanced technology, patients even report to us the minimal amount of healing/recovery time they experience when having a dental implant placed. Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin at 614.799.5576 for your complimentary consultation for a dental implant.
Five Facts About Dental Implants
- Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.
- Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
- In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry – to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.
- In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with the bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.
- 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.*