Learn about Dental Implants. Learn how a single tooth can complete denture replacement, dental implants provide a great vehicle to regain your youthful bite.
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Dr. Randolph Resnik: There is numerous advantages of dental implants today most notably is dental implants have a higher success rate in the natural teeth, restoring natural teeth, if you are missing any tooth, you need to replace that tooth. There is obvious reasons why that needs to be replaced, there is various options that you can do, one is a bridge, the advantage of the bridge is its done very fast, its rather uncomplicated treatment but you have to utilize good natural teeth which means that you have to grind down or remove the enamel which is the outer covering on the teeth. You can have partial denture, the advantage of the partial denture is again is again it’s fastened easy however that’s a removable prosthesis where it would come in and out of your mouth. With the dental implant denture, dental implant is you don’t have to utilize any of the adjacent teeth, so you don’t have to traumatize any of the other teeth. They are fixed meaning that they don’t come in and out of your mouth and like I say that they have the entire success rate. There is many differences between say a tooth and an implant. An implant doesn’t have any nerve to it, so you do not have any pain with an implant where as a tooth has a nerve in it, a multiple nerve so it can give you a tooth ache. The other advantages are that when that bleeding -- of losing the tooth is getting decay. An implant is made of the titanium alloy which is a real strong metal and it doesn’t decay. Its also more resistant to gum disease and another common cause of losing tooth is cracking the tooth or breaking the tooth. Implants because of the strength of this titanium alloy or less, you have a less of a possibility of breaking the implant. Longevity of implants compared to teeth. If you look at teeth, we talked about some of the problems they can have, they can break, can have nerve problems, it can decay. With all the implants you don’t have that. If you look at how long an implant will last, it’s very difficult to give a time frame on how long an implant will last. However, from the studies that we are doing, and we have studies upto 20 years they definitely last longer than putting the crown or bridge on to. So, longevity is definitely greater with them. Ideally when you go for -- first thing you need to do is to ask the credentials of the doctor doing them. Within dentistry any dentist can place an implant, any specialty in dentistry can it all depends on their training. So, you want to look at what type of courses they have taken, what type of specialty training, its imperative that your dentist has formal training in implant dentistry with the -- implant institute which is the largest and it’s the longest running hands on training facility in the world, its been 25 years we have been training dentists we want to make sure that they have gone through some type of formal training like this. This the reason for this website is to make sure that you understand the different types of training and so you are able to ask your dentist on your consultation to make sure that they have not just taken a weekend course or read a book or read a magazine and gone in and now they are going to do this complicated surgery because the problem with dental implants is if its not done right the first time it’s a lot more difficult, it’s a lot more expensive to correct the problem the second time. So, who have it done right by a qualified dentist then you are ahead of the game.