Dental implants are
substitute teeth roots, resembling screws. These screws are
usually made of titanium or its alloy. The implants are bonded to
the living bone structure of the jaw.
Prosthetic crowns fastened with machined screws are placed on top of the implant to replicate the missing teeth.
Prosthetic options include single crowns (caps), bridgework or an implant retained overdenture.
decades, dentists have been offering patients the benefits of dental
implants. Unlike traditional treatments of crowns, bridges, root canals
and dentures, dental implants offer a permanent solution for your
high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving
than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring
teeth for support.
implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever
lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how
you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps
you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your
dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you
are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat
again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants
are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper
conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient
maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue
to show improving success rates for implants.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Implants?
Anyone missing one or more teeth finds that their life is
compromised. They miss their smile, lack self-confidence, and
miss the ability to eat apples or corn on the cob. Perhaps they have a
denture that clicks and makes speech difficult or they are weary of
dental adhesives. Because implants are anchored to the
jawbone, there will no longer be bone loss which can cause
remaining teeth to shift and loosen, and make a person appear much
older as the jaw shrinks.
Is Implant Surgery painful?
Most patients relax with intravenous sedation during the
procedure. In addition, a long-acting anesthetic is used which
minimizes any postoperative discomfort and soreness. Over the counter medication is usually sufficient for pain management. Indeed,
most patients find implant placement to have less pain than simple
tooth extraction. Dr. Mazzetti and his staff will go over post-op
instructions carefully and thoroughly prior to and the day of your
surgery. The vast majority return to their normal routine the
What factors contribute to long-term success of Dental Implants?
One of the critical factors in being a good candidate for implants and
for long-term success is not smoking. Daily hygiene will contribute largely
to a lasting result, in addition to quarterly visits to a professional
hygienist. Of course the quality of the dentist
who places the crowns is tantamount to success.
Can I Afford Implants?
Although Dental Implants may initially be more expensive than other
treatment methods, it often turns out to be a much better financial
investment since most implants will last a lifetime. Other
treatment methods such as bridges and dentures require alterations,
adjustments, and replacement. A full upper denture covers the
palate of the mouth where many tastebuds are located, and the average
denture patient eats at 15-20% efficiency. Implants are natural looking
and feeling, giving the sense that one has natural teeth again!
The Smart Choice
You need to replace a tooth. Your family dentist says you have several
treatment options, including a fixed bridge or a dental implant. You’ve
heard of dental implants, but you know very little about them. In all
likelihood, three questions will pop into your mind:
The answers might surprise you.
- Are dental implants the right choice?
- Will the procedure hurt?
- How much will it cost?
Since the placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure,
some postoperative discomfort may be involved; but thanks to the
training and expertise of Dr. Mazzetti, the
discomfort is usually minimal. You can be sure every effort will be made to minimize your anxiety and
While the initial cost of implants is slightly more
than alternatives, their longevity, functionality and durability make
them a good investment. When properly cared for, dental implants can
last a lifetime. In the long run, they are the better investment in
your overall health, appearance and well-being since they also preserve
the integrity of facial structures. When one or more teeth are missing,
you may experience bone loss that could, over time, affect denture fit,
requiring additional expense, frequent adjustment and/or replacement.
Add the ongoing cost of denture adhesives, special cleaning solutions
and equipment, and the cost of conventional dentures climbs even higher.
The actual cost of implant treatment is based on
several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced, the type
of implant recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary
to achieve the proper aesthetic and functional results. The only way to
accurately estimate the cost of dental implants is to make an
appointment with Dr. mazzetti
for an examination and consultation.
Quality of Life
Cost certainly plays a role in the selection of dental implants, but it
is insignificant when you consider the quality of life enjoyed by
patients with dental implants as compared to the lifestyle endured by
those with dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older,
cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and
restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably. Dental implants,
however, look and function like natural teeth, and provide a better
sense of self-assurance and self-image. With secure and natural
appearing dental implants, you don’t have to think about your teeth
between regular dental check-ups.
Dental Implants ~ The Next Best Thing to Nature’s Originals
“Implant patients are a happy group because they’re getting something that makes a major difference in their quality of life.”
If you’ve managed to preserve all of your natural teeth,
congratulations. Do all you can to keep them healthy and intact. But if
you’re among the millions of Americans missing at least one tooth,
dental implants, the standard of care for tooth replacement, may be an
excellent solution for you.
Dental implants as one of the
most important advances in dentistry in the past 50 years.
Dental implants may comfortably and permanently replace one tooth or several teeth.
Because they are placed in the jaw, not on it or attached to other
teeth, dental implants fuse safely and securely with existing bone.
They provide stability, prevent bone loss and safeguard oral health.
Dental Implants ~ One Tooth or a Mouthful
Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or a mouthful,
dental implants are your best choice. The number of dental implants used
depends on the number of missing teeth and the type of restoration(s)
“I have yet to meet a patient who says, ‘Gee, I love
my lower denture.’” Comments Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Richard
Kraut, DDS, chairman, Department of Dentistry, Montefiore Medical
Center, Bronx, NY. “This isn’t the case with my implant patients, They
are a happy group because they’re getting something that makes a major
difference in their quality of life.”
- With an overall success rate of about 95%, and
almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants
are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
- If gum disease, tooth decay, a failed root canal, or
an injury has robbed you of one or more of your natural teeth, ask your
family dentist how dental implants can help.
Dental Implants For All Ages
Whether you are young, middle-aged, or an older adult; whether you need
to replace one tooth, several teeth, or even all your teeth, there is a
dental implant solution for you.
“With the exception of growing children, age is not a determining
factor in the placement of dental implants,” comments Thomas W. Braun,
DMD, PhD, dean, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.
“I’ve placed implants in patients in their 80s.”
“Older adult patients who have lost all their teeth,
but who have adequate bone support, are ideal candidates,” notes Peter
K. Moy, DMD, Director, Implant Dentistry, Department of Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA, “because you can essentially make a
life-changing event for them with the placement of an implant-supported
bridge. You’re taking the patient from around 20-30% of what they were
able to do with a denture up to 90% of what they had with their own
children are not good candidates for implants – not because of their
age – but because of the growth stage of their jaw bone. However, there
are exceptions, such as when implant placement is part of the child’s
orthodontic treatment. Dr. Mazzetti can advise you.