Dr. Kevin McMahon:
The alternative to a dental implant would be a bridge that's cemented on there replacing the missing tooth, it kind of lays on the gum, or a partial piece of plastic that comes in and out, that's been the technology for hundreds of years. They all have a certain failure rate. They eventually will fail, either the bridge, the partial, or the teeth that are holding them. It's pretty well proven.
Where a dental implant placed properly on good bone, you would have for hopefully the rest of your life, and you treat it like a tooth. You brush it, you floss it, and pretty much your tooth to do what you want with. It also maintains the bone. That's something we don't talk about much either, but if you put a dental implant in a space where there isn't a tooth, then that bone's going to remain there versus melting away and not having the support you would need.
I do more of a guided implant, where I use a prefabricated surgical guide based upon a computerized scan, so it's kind of analogous to ... it's not orthoscopic surgery, but it's less invasive, less traumatic, less swelling, faster, more efficient, and I think it works very well for the patients versus the older way.
At our office, you can get implants to:
- Hold your replacement teeth secure
- Give you a natural-looking smile
- Let you eat the foods you love
- Bite and chew without pain
In many ways, implants let you be yourself again. To understand what we mean, schedule a visit with one of our doctors. Call Edgewood Dental Care at 859-474-7830.
Rebuild Your Quality of Life with a Dental Implant Procedure
Patients often get partial or full dentures hoping to bring back their smile. For a while it’s OK, but dentures get looser with time. They slide around when you try to speak. They get pulled out when you bite certain foods. They make it difficult to chew many things, too. Denture adhesives can be a temporary fix, but that can change the taste of everything you eat.
You can avoid those frustrations. Implants replace your teeth and restore the full function of your mouth. Speak clearly and without any worries that your teeth will come out. Bite and chew with practically as much power as you did before you lost your teeth. Implants also prevent the bone loss that occurs when you have traditional dentures. If you have lost any bone, however – whether from wearing dentures or after losing your teeth – we may be able to build it back up with a bone grafting procedure.
Go Where You’ll Get the Most from Your New Teeth
Implants are as close as you can get to real teeth. They have a success rate of about 98 percent, and with proper care, they can last the rest of your life. Plus, they can help you be healthier. With strong, stable teeth, you can thoroughly chew a variety of foods. This lets you digest your food easier, so you get the nutritional benefits as well.
It’s essential that your implants are placed properly. Our Edgewood, KY dentist office has invested in CT technology, which lets us see your mouth and jaw in three dimensions. With that data, we can accurately diagnose your situation and determine the best location for each implant. By coming to our office, you will also benefit from Dr. McMahon’s extensive knowledge and training as a Diplomate in the International Dental Implant Association.
Don’t settle for slippery dentures. Instead, choose teeth replacements that look and feel like the real thing. To get your dental implants at Edgewood Dental Care, call 859-474-7830.