Dental implants are widely regarded as the most important advancement in dentistry since the introduction of fluoride. They offer a contemporary solution for missing teeth and are the closest you can come to replacing them. Statistics show that nearly 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Historically, patients had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Although they are still widely employed, fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution. Removable dentures have metal clasps that secure them to the remaining natural teeth that may be visible when smiling; they may also slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Removable dentures may also accelerate bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Patients can experience up to a 90% reduction in chewing capacity wearing full dentures causing pain every time you chew. Fixed bridges, while cemented in place, often require cutting down otherwise healthy adjacent teeth and ultimately place additional force on these natural teeth. They also do no allow for flossing in between the fused sets of crowns and can serve as “food traps” that can significantly increase the likelihood of recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other factors that often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
Dental implants help eliminate virtually all of these concerns. They have now been around for over thirty years with decades of global research, clinical studies, and millions of patients to all attest to their status as the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum tissue like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants essentially serve as prosthetic roots that then support an overlying crown. They never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Just as importantly, because the implants fuse with the jawbone they help maintain the health of your jawbone by preventing further bone loss.
After more than 30 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. Implant based dental restorations look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. They can support an active lifestyle and can give you back the quality of life you deserve.
At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implants, Dr. Salib will employ his years of experience and training with dental implants at some of the leading academic institutions across the country. Additionally, our office utilizes some of the most cutting-edge imaging and surgical technology available anywhere- in addition to only using implants from the global leaders in implantology- to help you and your dentist treatment plan your surgery with the utmost accuracy assuring you the best result available. Dr. Salib and his staff will take the time at every step of the process to discuss your unique situation in detail and explain all of the options available to you.