Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium tooth root replacement. Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and restore your smile naturally. Implants bring back your natural smile by preventing bone loss, preserving teeth position, restoring the natural bite, enhancing aesthetics, and increasing “smile awareness and confidence”. Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that Dr. Korb surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth,” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.  Download pdf

Quick Facts

 

What is better, an implant or a bridge?

Dental implants provide a more advanced replacement technology for a missing tooth than a traditional bridge. Dental implants are more cost effective in the long run because they preserve the bone and adjacent teeth. On the average, a dental bridge will last 6-7 years. A dental implant can last 40 years or more.

How will implants make me look younger?

Even losing one tooth can cause bone loss. Bone loss in your jawbone can give you an older appearance. Dental implants create stimulation to the underlying bone, preserving bone mass and enhancing long-term aesthetics.

Can I eat whatever I want?

Patients who wear dentures need to be conscious of what they are eating at all times, taking care not to damage their dentures. Dental implants, on the other hand, give patients the freedom to eat whatever foods they like.

  • Dental implants are as strong as natural teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are able to withstand the pressure that comes with eating certain foods.
  • With dental implants, patients no longer have to worry about damaging their dentures or whether they will be able to handle their favorite foods. Dental implants allow patients to return to a normal lifestyle and give them the peace of mind to eat without worry.
  • There is no risk of the implants slipping out during a meal or during conversation. Dental implants give patients the confidence to enjoy their meals.

How long do implants last?

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution – often for life. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results.

What happens if I don't replace my missing teeth?

When you don’t replace a missing tooth, it can result in damage to adjacent teeth by causing gum recession and bone loss around those teeth. It can cause your other teeth to wear prematurely. You may experience difficulty eating and speaking, shifting teeth, jaw aches, and headaches. Also, when you lose a tooth and its accompanying root, you can experience bone loss in your jaw. A dental implant gives the bone purpose, providing it with something to hold onto. If a great deal of time has passed since the tooth came out and too much bone in the jaw has been lost, grafting may be necessary to increase bone mass before an implant procedure can be done.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Absolutely, if you tired of your dentures moving around in your mouth, and think denture adhesive is bothersome, then a fixed denture replacement solution is perfect for you. Every time you get your denture relined, that material is replacing the bone that is melting away year after year. The solution is a dental implant bridge that is supported by two or more dental implants. Because the dental implants function like natural roots, the permanent dentures will feel very much like your natural teeth while they preserve your bone.

Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

Existing Medical Conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth. Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.

Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures. Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

Smokers. Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.

Bone Loss. Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Dr. Korb is trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.  Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan. Your family dentist or orthodontist can guide you in this instance.

Dental Implants are a collaborative team effort.

A successful implant requires that all parties be involved — the patient; the restorative dentist, who makes the crown for the implant; and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who surgically places the implant, follow a careful plan of treatment. All members of the implant team stay in close contact with each other to make sure everyone clearly understands what needs to be done to meet the patient’s expectations. Both Dr. Korb and your dentist continue to work together to provide the highest level of aftercare.