Dental Implants

Smiling is one of the simplest pleasures around. It's free, and it has a positive effect on you and others. But when you're missing teeth or even a single tooth, it's hard to feel good about opening your mouth, much less smiling. And worse, missing teeth can make eating and talking more difficult than they have to be. Implant dentistry -- and a great implant dentist -- can help solve all that. 

Implant dentistry involves the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are metal posts, which are surgically inserted into the jaw and act as anchors for artificial teeth. They look and feel just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime! Dr Paul Chaiken has been using this innovative solution for years. Recent advances in implant dentistry are making it easier than ever for patients to restore their smiles faster, with less post-op recovery time. And implant dentistry is one of the most successful dental procedures around, with about a 100 percent success rate! 

What are the advantages of dental implants?

 

When you think about missing teeth you may automatically think of partial dentures, full dentures and dental bridges. But implant dentistry offers an alternative to traditional restorative dental work, and it's quickly becoming more and more popular. What makes dental implants so unique are their strength and durability; by practicing good dental care habits (brushingflossing and seeing your dentist regularly), dental implants can last your whole life! Even with proper care and periodic denture relines, partial dentures and full dentures usually have to be replaced as changes in your mouth's structure occur over time. A dental bridge, while popular and effective, may need replacing after about 10 years, even with good care. That makes dental implants the only permanent solution for replacing missing teeth! 

Implant dentistry is also very flexible and can be used in conjunction with dentures and dental bridges. A single dental implant can be used to support the dental crown in a dental bridge. And if you need to replace all your teeth, implant-supported dentures are a great substitute for removable dentures, creating a more secure, more comfortable fit.

Advances in implant dentistry have also helped make dentures more effective. Dr Chaiken can now correct problems with a floating lower denture by using mini dental implants for stabilization. Unlike traditional dental implants or mini dental implants

What Causes Tooth Loss?

 

When you're a kid, tooth loss is a natural part of your development. Losing your teeth as an adult is part of the same process - aging. But being too lax about with your oral hygiene habits and skipping regular dental visits can leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. And without gum disease treatmentperiodontal disease can cause tooth loss. Poor eating habits or malnutrition can also accelerate tooth loss. Accidents and injuries are other sources; so if you're active or athletic, it's always important to protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard. In many cases, your dentist can create a custom-made mouthguard that perfectly fits your mouth and effectively protects your teeth.