For patients considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of the implant procedure. An evaluation and consultation with Dr. Richard Goldin is the first step to finding out which tooth replacement option is best for your situation.
A dental implant is made of three parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the dental crown. The first step of the procedure is surgically placing the implant into the jaw bone. After being surgically placed, the titanium implant begins to fuse with the bone.
Fusing with the jaw bone creates a connection between the jaw and the implant similar to that which exists between the jaw and a natural tooth. The second step is fitting the abutment over the exposed part of the implant. Lastly, the crown is placed over the abutment.
Traditionally, patients missing just one tooth would have a fixed bridge constructed for tooth replacement. Still common and safe, this treatment can have complications. A bridge requires involvement of the surrounding, natural teeth. These teeth otherwise may have remained undisturbed.
Unlike an implant, dental bridges often need to be replaced over a lifetime, depending on the age of the patient. Problems arise with removable partial dentures that do not exist with implants. There is as much as a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years with either fixed bridges or partial denture replacements. Considering the potential complications, these options can become more costly than having tooth replacement with the use of implants.
Traditional procedures often experience failures over time requiring repair or replacement, whereas implants are designed to promote overall oral and jaw health. Natural teeth and implants help to preserve the jaw bone. A lost tooth can cause the bone to weaken or deteriorate, potentially requiring bone grafting to create sufficient bone structure in order to place the implant. Successful procedures by a periodontist such as Dr. Goldin provide tooth replacement and restore a healthy smile.
There are over 50 years of science, technology, and research supporting the use and success of dental implants. Often, they are the best treatment option for tooth replacement. Call Dr. Goldin’s periodontal office today to learn more about dental implants for Reston, VA.