For me, I would say, I've been in dentistry, with dental school, for 30 years, and dental implants are by far the biggest improvement that we've had in dentistry in my lifetime. They're that significant in changing someone's life. Patients that have lost teeth through either damage, or something's broken and unrestorable, or maybe they've taken a tooth out when they didn't have the money to fix it, we're able to go into those places where people are missing teeth, and rebuild those teeth just like they've not lost a tooth. Really, the nice thing about dental implants, and I've been heavily involved with dental implants for 15 years, a lot of training, a lot of hours spent understanding it, implementing it into my practice, understanding what works, what doesn't work, and they're very highly successful, if they're done well, and you manage things like they should be.
Really, the only options we had in the past with missing teeth was dentures, either a denture, or we would cut down two healthy teeth and do a bridge. Now, it becomes even a more conservative treatment by offering a dental implant, where we can replace a tooth that's missing by not affecting the adjacent teeth, or we can rebuild sections of teeth that are missing with implants, versus using any kind of partial denture or even full denture. I would say the other area that dental implants has really impacted patients, and just been a life-changer, is patients that are edentulous, that have lost all their teeth and were wearing complete dentures. Now, we're able to go in and put dental implants in, and secure their dentures to the implants, and make those dentures now either screwed down to the implants or removable, but they're a lot less bulky, a lot smaller, and they certainly chew more efficiency, probably 10 times better efficiency with an implant versus just chewing over your gum.
If you suffer from a missing tooth or teeth, Salt Lake City, UT dentist Dr. Rod Gleave wants to help you with dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option to help you refill your smile, restore its function, and rebuild your confidence. Dr. Gleave is highly trained and experienced in the art and science of implant dentistry. We call it an art because it requires a precise combination of skill and aesthetic vision to create a smile you can be proud of for the rest of your life.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are able to do everything that natural, healthy teeth can do. Here are some of the benefits that your new dental implants will give you.
- Stability – Dental implants are made of titanium. Besides being one of the hardest known materials, titanium has a unique ability to fully bond with human bone. This is why it is used in surgical procedures to fix fractures and support bones that have been damaged. Because dental implants bond with your bone, they will preserve the jawbone, provide the stability required to eat with ease, and prevent any remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
- Bone Health – Your permanent teeth are responsible for much more than simply making sure your food is chewed and your smile looks great. They also play a vital role in keeping your dental bone healthy. Without your natural teeth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. As it deteriorates, you lose bone mass and your facial structure begins to shrink. This is also the case with those who wear dentures. Dental implants can help prevent the bone deterioration that accompanies tooth loss. By filling the spots opened up by your missing teeth, implants will keep your smile healthy. Healthy, strong bone allows you to eat a more nutritious diet, which is problematic for people wearing dentures or missing teeth.
- Longevity – The first set of titanium dental implants placed ended up lasting the patient 40 years. With the advances in dental knowledge and technology, today’s dental implants have a 95 percent success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Unlike dentures or bridges, which last only a few years and can even contribute to failure of healthy teeth, implants are often the last tooth replacement option you will ever need.
Who Are Dental Implants For?
Salt Lake City, UT dentist Dr. Gleave is an expert in implant dentistry. He will go over the process with you and determine whether you are a good candidate. If you are, he will help you decide which of our many dental implant options will work for you. Examples of people who may benefit from dental implants include:
- People who have lost permanent teeth.
- People who struggle with ill-fitting dentures and want a secure, permanent solution.
- Anyone who needs to replace a tooth in their mouth for any reason.
Dr. Rod Gleave spends more than 300 hours per year in continuing education to make sure that he stays current with any new developments regarding implant dentistry. You and your smile will be in good hands with Dr. Gleave. Call your top Salt Lake City, UT dentist today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.