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October 2016

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the superior treatment option for missing teeth as well as retention of loose fitting dentures.  Implants replace a missing tooth with as close to a replacement as possible in modern dentistry.  Implants were first used in the late 1950’s.  Over the past 60+ years the quality of the implants on the market has dramatically increased and now boast a 96% success rate in 25-30 year studies.  This success rate is much higher than any other option for replacing missing teeth.  At Triple Crown Dentistry we use only high quality dental implants and components, as well as advanced surgical techniques (including sterile field and platelet therapy) and technologies (in house 3D scanner and top quality implants and equipment) to ensure the best of outcomes for our patients.  Dr. Eric Nunnally has 15 years of dental laboratory experience, has received extensive training and certifications in dental implantology and is highly skilled in the surgical placement as well as the restoration of dental implants. He is a surgical graduate of the Midwest Implant Institute and is completing his fellowships with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the Midwest Implant institute.  He has been invited to lecture and train other dentists in dental implants internationally. At Triple Crown Dentistry you can receive all of your implant treatment in one location at the highest level available in dentistry.

There is no better option for missing teeth than dental implants.  Conventional dental bridges can replace missing teeth, but this requires the surrounding teeth to be crowned which might not need crowns.  Bridges also require an increase in home care and can be troublesome and difficult to properly clean because the patient cannot floss between the teeth because they are connected.  Bridges often need to be redone within 5-10 years of placing them, which can lead to a much more expensive treatment option over a patient’s lifetime.  However, bridges are still a good option for patients who might not be candidates for dental implants due to bone anatomy.

For a denture patient, chewing forces have been reduced to 10% of the function of a natural set of teeth. Natural teeth have a function of 560 pounds per square inch, while a denture without implants can only provide 50 pounds per square inch!!!  There are so many reasons that this becomes and issue and reduces the patient’s ability to chew food and get a proper nutrition.

Dental implants also prevent bone loss, which is very important in denture patients as well as patients replacing only one or several teeth.  Jaw bone will recede steadily after a tooth is missing.  A denture patient will experience resorption of their jaw bone over the years, which leads to loose fitting dentures and the need for relines.  After a significant amount of bone has resorbed the denture might not be able to have an adequate retention and lead to a lot of patient frustration and dissatisfaction.  This bone loss can also cause a closure of the patients jaw opening and lead to a significant amount of esthetic issues.

When a dental implant is placed in the bone, it can halt the resorption process and maintain the height of the bone into the future.  Like a tooth root, the bone wants to remain attached to the dental implant and will maintain as much bone height as possible.

Patient s must be evaluated for candidacy.  While most patients are candidates, sometimes additional surgery requirements like grafting and sinus lifts must be determined with a detailed comprehensive exam.  This usually includes radiographs and a clinical exam as well as thorough review of a patient’s medical conditions and potential complications.  At Triple Crown Dentistry we pride ourselves on proper planning for dental implants with the best of diagnostic equipment and patient evaluation procedures.  Dental implants are a long term solution to dental needs and each patient must be properly evaluated to ensure the best result possible.

Dental implants are not without risks and must be maintained with good oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings and flossing just like natural teeth. With proper care a dental implant should last a very long time (30+ years) and provide a superior benefit to cost when compared to other dental options.  

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