Patients in San Carlos, CA are finding the truth about dental implants and tooth replacement
Are you worried about the impact a missing tooth may be having on your overall smile and oral health? Maybe you are even looking at multiple missing teeth needing replacement. Dr. Shivani Gupta has been placing immediate implants with temporary teeth for nearly 20 years with great success at the Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Carlos, CA. Dental implants, which have been available for decades (they became accepted during the 1980s), are both a reliable and inexpensive solution to missing or failing teeth.
The truth about implants and their functionality
Implants can function as a tooth replacement. In these cases, a titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone so that is will fuse with the bone. Once this is completed, an abutment will be fitted over the implant which is protruding from the gumline. Onto this abutment, a crown will be fitted to replace the missing tooth. This will allow patients to restore their smile with an artificial tooth that matches appearance (in both shape and shade) of their remaining natural teeth.
Another function of dental implants is to assist with dentures. Often, dentures just don’t fit correctly. Using only adhesive, dentures (both partial or full) can often slide out or just not fit correctly. This results in an uncomfortable experience and, in some cases, provide an uneven bite that doesn’t provide enough power to chew properly. Also, with dentures since the food does not touch the pallet and so it is not easy to taste and enjoy food. Using implants, dentures can be anchored in a much more comfortable and functional manner resulting in a fully functional bite for chewing.
The truth about implant reliability and cost
Dental implants are considered one of the most successful procedures available to patients in dentistry. Studies have been conducted which prove that implants have at least a 5-year success rate in more than 90 percent of patients who receive them. Many will last upwards of 20 years or even a lifetime while maintaining full functionality. This is, of course, only going to happen when the implant is properly cared for.
Now let’s talk about the cost of a dental implant. Costs can vary depending on many variables including what the dentist charges, what insurance will cover, what materials are used for the implant, etc. Typically, an implant will cost anywhere from $1,000 – $5,000. However, due to in-house dental lab and technicians, Dr. Gupta is able to offer the dental implants at much affordable prices.
Seniors and Implants
Today, more than ever, seniors are keeping their natural teeth longer. This doesn’t negate the fact that seniors still have the highest rate of periodontal disease and must work harder than other age groups in order to maintain good oral health. Here are some quick facts:
- 25 percent of people older than 65 years have lost all their teeth and are wearing dentures
- In older adults, periodontal disease and tooth decay are leading factors in tooth loss
- Older people, more than any age group, will experience receding gum tissue
The great news is that dental implants are perfectly safe and effective for those who have reached the senior years of life!
Dr. Shivani Gupta invites anybody who is facing oral health issues to come into Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Carlos, CA for an exam. If dental implants are necessary, patients can feel safe in knowing they are being handled by a true professional who has gained and maintained the trust of her community. Please call (650) 232-7650 to schedule an appointment today!
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