Dental Implants:

The new standard of care for tooth replacement

Dental implants have become the viable treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the “standard of care” for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants actually help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This also helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure.

There are many advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. Traditional options call for grinding down adjacent teeth for a bridge, or securing a partial denture to natural adjoining teeth with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth and cause serious damage to the gum line. With dental implants, no such action is needed, so people are spared problems associated with traditional false teeth.

What Happens?

When natural teeth fall out or are compromised, the damage goes well below the surface of the tooth, and even the gum line. The damage goes deep into the root and the roots are destroyed and lost. And when the roots are lost, the bone that once supported and surrounded those roots starts to deteriorate. This is called bone resorption. When bone resorption occurs, it causes the face to collapse into the mouth. The entire facial structure is compromised, and drastic changes in appearance occur; the lips fold in and the lower face shrivels up to create a witch-like chin and deep contours around the mouth create “marionette lines.” These changes are so severe they make a person look twenty years older than they actually are.

The more missing teeth, the quicker and more severe the bone loss. For those missing all their natural teeth, bone loss

can become so severe within just a few years it can become difficult to wear removable devices such as partials and dentures. There is simply little bone left to support them.

That’s why it’s so vital to replace the tooth root with a dental implant and not just the visible part of the tooth (the crown). The natural tooth roots, or in the case of missing teeth, dental implants, are embedded in the bone, and thus, preserve the bone. The bone forms a bond to the implants and functions as natural tooth roots – providing a solid and permanent foundation for biting and chewing.

A dental implant is a small titanium device that serves as the replacement for the natural root portion of a missing tooth. Titanium is used because of its strength and because it is a biocompatible material readily accepted by the body. It is the same material used in orthopedic implants. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws, and because titanium has such high biocompatible properties, the living bone tissue in the jaw adheres to the implant surface itself, allowing the implant to become one with the bone. The jawbone believes the titanium implant is a true root and therefore fuses with it as if it were a natural tooth root. The results are the creation of the perfect anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth. Implant teeth are strong, stable, pain-free, worry-free and permanent.

   ⇒Dental implants keep the integrity of the jawline and facial structure. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. Shrinkage of the jawbone can make your face prematurely age.
   ⇒Dental implants keep any healthy remaining teeth healthy. Dental implants are stand-alone solutions to creating teeth. There is no need to use any other teeth in the mouth to support or hold them in place.
   ⇒  Dental implants are permanent. There are no loose parts to worry about. Dental implants are secured in place, stable, comfortable and can last a lifetime.
   ⇒Dental implants restore self-esteem. Look better and feel better about your appearance and yourself. Dental implants look, feel and act just like real teeth.
    ⇒ Dental implants are easy to take care of. Caring for dental implants is the same as caring for regular teeth. Brush your implants just like you would natural teeth, and visit your dental hygienist for regular maintenance.

Yes. You can see it in our patients’ smiles. With more than five decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm dental implants have a success rate of 95 – 98%. They are a permanent solution that could last a lifetime.

This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

Replacing a Single Tooth   If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
Replacing Several Teeth   If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
Replacing All of Your Teeth   If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
Sinus Augmentation   A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge Modification   Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

The Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

Your smile should last a lifetime. With dental implants from the Shine Dental Clinic, it will. Replacing missing teeth is important: to your overall health and also to the health of your other teeth. When natural teeth are missing, you lose chewing ability, and unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded. Missing a tooth, or teeth, creates problem after problem after problem.
Having missing teeth is embarrassing, and if left untreated, will only get worse. But you can look and feel better, regain your self-esteem, have a better quality of life, and simply smile more with dental implants from the Shine Dental Clinic. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating patients with missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as the standard of care for tooth replacement. You deserve to smile again. And you can with dental implants from the Shine Dental Clinic.

Learn the lifelong benefits of implant-supported replacement teeth (dental implants) below…

Get immediate results
At the Shine Dental Clinic, the problems with failing teeth or missing teeth can be replaced with new, beautiful implant-supported restorations in as little as one procedure, in one day. It’s not at all complicated. Our implant center saves time, money and anxiety while giving you a lifelong solution for a lifelong smile. You will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability, teeth stability and overall comfort right away.

Improve your appearance- Look better and feel better. A major benefit to dental implants is that they preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structure, and therefore improving appearance. When most or all the natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, there is nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. The human body senses that the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it away, moving the minerals to other parts of the body. This deterioration of the jawbone can quickly result in facial collapse. The lips fold in, and the lower face shrivels up to create a “witches chin.” Wrinkles also develop around the mouth to create “marionette lines.” This makes the person look much older than they actually are. With dental implants, the appearance of these wrinkles caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated. You put twenty years back into your smile!

Restore self-esteem and renew your self-confidence-  Being able to eat what you want, when you want, where you want. Being able to laugh and smile shamelessly. Being pain-free and worry free. Regaining self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth. Because dental implants look and feel like real teeth, you no longer have anything to be ashamed of. You can laugh and smile and feel good about who you are and how you look.[/toggle][toggle title=”Be comfortable in everyday situations” open=”no”]Implant-supported replacement teeth never have to come out – not for daily cleaning, not for brushing and flossing, not for a medical exam or during a hospital stay, not for any reason at all. Be comfortable when eating, drinking, sleeping, and being intimate. Dental implants are permanent. Just like your new smile.[/toggle][toggle title=”Restore your mouth to its most natural state” open=”no”]Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. When the entire tooth – including the root – is replaced, the feel and function of natural teeth are replicated and a strong, stable foundation that allows comfort when eating and speaking is created. Everything in the mouth looks natural. No one will know you have a new implant-supported smile except those you tell.

Enhance your overall quality of life-
With dental implants, a smile is more natural and so is the tooth function. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. If dentures and partials are replaced with implant-supported teeth, the overall enhancement in quality of life is even more significant, with an ability to eat all types of foods, even crunchy or sticky snacks. You can eat what you want, when you want, where you want. You’ll speak better, feel better, and look better. And if you’re a denture or bridge wearer, you’ll never have to deal with messy adhesives or cleaning cups.

Dental Implants improve your quality of life by…

⇔  Improving eating habits immediately
⇔  Eliminating messy and potentially toxic adhesives used to hold dentures
⇔  Eliminating unsightly and destructive metal clasps common with partial dentures
⇔  Never needing to take out dentures or bridges again … ever[/toggle][/accordian]