Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants look, function and feel like real teeth
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone and a crown is placed on top via a connecting piece called an abutment.
Dental implants are also used to support dentures, to add stability and to support dental bridges, for partial and full-mouth teeth replacement.
A modern solution for missing teeth
Dr. Kardaris is an up-to-date dentist who continuously furthers her education in the latest advances in dentistry. She is very enthusiastic about the benefits of dental implants as a modern solution for missing teeth. She has certification for placing implants and has been placing them for the past eight years.
Most dentists these days would agree that dental implants offer many advantages to patients who have experienced tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Can last a lifetime – implants fuse with the bone and can last as long as your natural teeth, with proper care.
- Function like natural teeth – they feel like natural teeth and you can chew and exert pressure just like natural teeth.
- Look like natural teeth.
- They are much more comfortable than removable solutions.
- No need to grind down adjacent teeth as with dental bridges.
- Deter or prevent bone-loss that occurs when teeth are lost.
- Less gaps in the mouth help to keep the balance of the jaws intact, and reduces the chance of jaw-joint disorders.
- By filling the gap, they keep adjacent teeth stable and prevent bacteria from accumulating that would lead to gum disease.
- They can prevent facial sagging for people who have all or many of their teeth missing.
Minimally invasive procedure
You may be afraid of a surgical procedure but due to many technical advances the placing of most dental implants has become minimally invasive.
Dr. Kardaris uses advanced technology to place implants in a fast, yet very accurate minimally invasive process, resulting in less trauma, faster healing and less pain.
A cost-effective alternative for traditional dentures
Traditional dentures pose many problems for the wearer, not least of these is the fact that chewing ability is very reduced. But, there are additional problems with traditional dentures.
These days you can opt for dentures that are supported by a few implants. There are many advantages to this option. These are some of them:
- No need to use dental adhesive to keep your dentures in your mouth
- Much easier to clean
- Will not slip out while you are eating or speaking
- Easier to chew, your chewing power is much increased
- No clicking sound when you eat
- Due to much less pressure on the gums bone-loss is prevented.
- Have a more natural feel as there is no coverage of the roof of your mouth
Bone loss and facial collapse – the dangers of missing teeth
In the first year after a tooth is lost, 25% of the bone volume is reabsorbed back into the body. This process continues until potentially only the hard basal bone of the jawbone is left.
This loss of bone in the jawbone eventually causes collapse of the facial muscles around the jaw. The height between the tip of the nose and the chin progressively decreases, causing the lower third of the face to collapse.
This collapse inwards of the face also creates excessive wrinkles around the mouth, drooping jowls, sagging skin and thinning lips. The chin becomes more pointed. A person’s appearance can be aged many years as a result.
Missing teeth and wearing dentures cause a gradual progression of bone loss until the face appears to collapse in on itself.
Implant-supported teeth replacement options such as implant-supported bridges and dentures allow higher chewing pressure while preserving bone.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
Take advantage of our Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
To make an appointment, call 636-449-0215 or click here to request an appointment online.