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Since they were first developed in the 1970s, modern dental implants have grown in popularity as a tooth replacement method. It is a revolutionary treatment that is helping about 500,000 patients per year according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. This procedure can be performed by Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a family dentist in Erie, PA. Learn more about dental implants, and how they can help rebuild your smile.
Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
The part of your tooth that shows above the gum line is only the crown. Below the gum line there is a root that is firmly entrenched in your bone tissue. A dental implant replaces that root and integrates with healthy bone tissue so that a new crown can be installed. Unlike a removable denture, the implant cannot be removed and is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Building a Dental Implant
A dental implant is made of a small titanium rod that looks very similar to a screw. The titanium material is biocompatible, which makes it ideal for combining with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. Once it is firmly in place, which may take a few months, your Erie, PA, family dentist will add an abutment device, which will support a dental crown.
After tooth loss, you may assume that your only option is to wear a denture device that could slip out at any time. But when you have an implant you don’t have to worry about slippage or embarrassing situations. Once your dental implant is installed, you’ll soon forget that you even have one because the titanium part is hidden. It’s just like having a new tooth and modern crowns look very natural. Having an implant will help your bone tissue stay healthy and viable. When you take good care of your teeth and gums, the implant could be a part of your mouth for a lifetime.
Your Dental Implant Consultation
It’s important that you have a dentist check your teeth soon after tooth loss if you want to be considered for a dental implant. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her Erie, PA, family dentist office.
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.
But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?
Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.
More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.
Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.
Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”
Find out how these small restorations can do big things for your smile.
You need to replace your missing teeth, but how are you going to do it? You don’t want to just settle for any old option. Do you want something that’s going to look and feel just like a real tooth, right? Our Erie, PA, dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo is proud to offer dental implants, which change the way we look at tooth loss.
How does a dental implant work?
If you were to take a look at a dental implant you may not believe that such a small metal post could do so much for your oral health. The magic lies in surgically placing the implant into the jawbone to replace the tooth’s roots. Why are tooth roots so important? While the roots may not be visible, they play an essential part of your oral health. The jawbone needs the stimulation from the roots in order to remain strong and stable. Without tooth roots, the jawbone would deteriorate. This is why those with tooth loss often face bone loss.
Fortunately, you can prevent bone loss by getting dental implants from our Erie general dentist. During a simple procedure performed right here in our office, we can replace your missing tooth roots with an implant, which acts like artificial tooth roots. Implants provide the exact stimulation that your jawbone needs to prevent bone loss. Of course, the sooner you seek treatment and replace your missing tooth the less bone loss you will face.
How long do dental implants last?
Another perk of getting dental implants is that they are made from titanium, so they are durable and strong enough to last a long time. Plus, as the jawbone begins to heal from surgery it will fuse together with the implant to prevent it from moving around. Once the implant and jawbone are one, you’ll know you have a restoration that is designed to last the rest of your life, if you keep up with your oral care and keep your implant healthy.
Are you ready to find out more about what dental implants can do for you? If so, call our Erie, PA, dental office today to learn more and schedule a consultation with us. Tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever; we can help.
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.
By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.
To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.
The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.
The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.
If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.
At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”
The dental implant is the closest thing in modern dentistry to a natural tooth. This is because an implant replaces more than the visible crown — it also replaces the root, thanks to a metal post imbedded in the bone.
But what if you have a metal allergy — are you out of luck replacing a tooth with an implant? Before answering this question, let's take a closer look at metal allergies.
An allergy is an overreaction of the body's immune system to a particular foreign substance. This response can be as inconsequential as a minor rash or as life-threatening as a shutdown of the body's organ systems. You can be allergic to anything, including metals.
Usually, these allergies are to specific kinds of metals. For example, about 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel, while smaller percentages are allergic to cobalt or chromium. Most allergic reactions to metal occur from external contact with jewelry or similar metal items that create rashes or other anomalies on the skin. On a more serious note, an allergy to metal in a body replacement part could result in the body rejecting it.
Metals have also played an important role in dental care, particularly dental amalgam used for tooth fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of a precious metal like gold or silver with other metals like copper, tin and, in small amounts, mercury. While dental amalgam has been used safely for decades, there have been rare cases of inflammation or rashes.
This brings us to dental implants and the most common metal used in them, titanium. The commercial version of this metal is highly prized in medical and dental applications because it has a special affinity with bone. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the metal, which strengthens the bond between the implant and the jawbone.
Even if you have a rare allergy to certain metals, it's even rarer that would include titanium. In one particular study of 1,500 implant patients less than 1% reported any reaction at all.
If you're concerned, you can undergo testing to see if you react to titanium. More than likely, though, you'll be able to join the millions of other patients who have successfully restored their smiles with dental implants.
If you would like more information on dental implants as a tooth replacement option, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Metal Allergies to Dental implants.”