At Our Dentist, we know that even with advancements in dental education, care, and technology, that there are still many people who will suffer from tooth loss due to decay, gum disease, and impact injuries. Though it is our attempt to prevent tooth loss in our patients, factors such as genetics, old age, and even just daily wear can lead to missing teeth. Dr. Brahmbhatt has several options available for his patients when they are missing teeth, and he can recommend various styles of dentures and bridges, but they will never give you the same permanent solution, look, feel, and function that a dental implant can.
Learn more about dental implants
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that we implant into your jawbone to serve as a new root for the placement of a dental crown. By placing a new root system, we can restore a tooth where one was lost. We use titanium for many reasons including its strength, its biocompatibility, and its unique ability to bond with your tissue and bone. Through a process called osseointegration, your living tissue is willing to grow around titanium, blending it with your tissue and bone, providing you a very strong and permanent hold. This is why titanium is used for surgical repairs all over the skeleton, including knees and hips. Once your tooth implant is fused with your bone, you will have a strong, functional base to place a dental crown on, giving you as close to a natural replacement tooth as possible.
Dental implants are a rapidly increasing option for replacing missing teeth. With a success rate exceeding 98%, restorations with dental implants are the most successful procedure of all dental restorations. Part of the success of implants is in the preparation. Before we can place a dental implant we will need to review your bone mass, and a simple in-office bone graft procedure may be required. Bone grafts take time to grow the necessary bone, so the process from beginning to end may be time consuming. Consult with Dr. Brahmbhatt for more information.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a great solution for the replacement of teeth. An important aspect to their success is the ability for your body to bond with the implant, although this bond can be affected in patients who heal more slowly. Dr. Brahmbhatt is your best source for determining if this will be a factor in your treatment. He will examine your mouth, gums, and jawbone, to determine if your oral cavity is healthy enough and will review your medical information with you.
Some health factors can complicate your rate of healing. Patients who smoke, and suffer from uncontrolled disorders such as heart disease and diabetes, and patients who are undergoing other treatments or are taking medication for certain illnesses might not be suitable for dental implants. Before determining your own candidacy, consult with Dr. Brahmbhatt. He can offer more information and assist you in making the best decision for your situation.
Missing teeth can create changes in your mouth that can affect its health. Speech, chewing ability, teeth shifting, bone atrophy and your own confidence are all factors. Don’t let it get in your way. Contact Mitesh G. Brahmbhatt, DMD for an evaluation by calling his front office staff at (413) 217-4455.