If you have missing or damaged teeth that need to be replaced, you might be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants can restore your ability to eat and speak properly, and are designed to look, feel, and act the same as your natural teeth. Dr. Arthur Chal is a world-renowned expert in this procedure, and can provide you with dental restorations of the highest quality. With dental implants, you can restore form and function to your teeth – permanently, and with natural-looking results.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most advanced dental restoration option currently available for replacing missing teeth. Aside from their natural appearance, they offer many other benefits, including:
- Improved facial appearance – after losing a tooth, our bodies begin to redistribute the bone that was used to support the tooth. This bone loss can lead to facial collapse if all of the teeth are lost. Dental implants can help prevent facial collapse. When this treatment is combined with bone grafting, dental implants can also help to restore areas that have been affected by facial collapse.
- More comfortable – while dentures can often become loose and slip around along the gum line, dental implants are designed to be a permanent part of your mouth that can act like the rest of your existing teeth.
- Better speech – missing teeth can make it difficult to speak properly, and even patients with dentures might have difficulty speaking clearly as they work to keep their appliances from moving around in their mouth. Dental implants can allow you to have improved speech and confidence.
- Improved ability to eat – although dentures can allow patients with missing teeth to be able to chew again, they can still present some issues, especially if they are ill-fitting. Over time, as bone loss occurs, it can become nearly impossible for individuals to have a stable, functional, comfortable denture.
- More convenient – dentures might not always stay in place throughout the day, meaning they could become loose at an embarrassing or inconvenient time. There are no adhesives necessary to hold dental implants in place – they are a permanent part of your mouth, like the rest of your teeth.
- Better self-esteem – Having your teeth in place at all times and knowing you won’t have to worry about your teeth potentially falling out means improved confidence – you can laugh and talk without covering your mouth!
How do They Work?
A dental implant consists of two main parts, which act as the tooth root and the tooth itself. Patients must have adequate bone density to support the implant in order to qualify as a candidate. Patients who are eligible for dental implants can have a titanium post placed beneath the gum line to act as a root where the tooth or teeth are missing. Over time, this post will bond with the bone, making it a permanent part of your mouth. During this process, a temporary crown can be used to act as a tooth, or Dr. Chal can utilize his specialized training with teeth-in-an-hour for a more convenient option. When using a temporary crown, a permanent zirconia crown can be placed on top of the post to act as a permanent tooth once the implant has bonded with the bone (typically after several months). Since dental implants look, feel, and act like natural teeth, no special maintenance should be needed beyond your normal daily routine of brushing and flossing.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Chal may recommend using a bridge in place of a crown. A bridge can attach to one or more titanium posts and replace multiple teeth at once. An overdenture can be attached to dental implants as an option for patients who need to replace all of their teeth. A hybrid restoration is another option for patients needing to replace all of their teeth.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
Although it may come as no surprise that dental implants can be a bit of an investment, if you weigh the cost against the long-term benefits, you can see that it is actually a smart way to invest in yourself. After twenty years of having a full set of dental implants completed by Dr. Chal, a patient in her 90’s remarked how happy she is to be one of the few individuals in her group of peers to still have the ability to eat and chew her food normally. She has also been able to avoid the health issues that other her age experience due to their inability to chew food. Essentially, the investment she made twenty years ago has saved her money, improved her self-esteem, and helped her avoid health complications later in life.