Saturday, October 9, 2010
I just restored an implant case today on a difficult implant I placed and the result looks great. And, even better- the patient is thrilled. The patient had been told by his former dentist that nothing could be done and he was very near to getting all his teeth pulled and getting a denture. He is in his 50's and that would have been a shame. He loves it so much he is planning on some other implants to restore other areas of his mouth.
Implants truly do open up a new world to patients and dentists. For instance, dentures:
Do you have an ill-fitting denture or know a parent or friend who does? This can be a very unpleasant fact of life that many patients feel they are forced to endure. Over time, the ridge of gum and bone under the denture change but the denture does not. The denture needs that support to remain in place. Two to four well placed implants with specific attachments to the denture can make a WORLD of difference. The strength and support from the implants is UNBELIEVABLE! It truly can change the patient's life. Although it not 100%, most are able to greatly expand the foods they can comfortably eat and exponentially expand their confidence. But, perhaps the best part is an upper denture with implants does not have to cover the palate and that area can be removed allowing a natural feel to the mouth and the ability to sense temperature and texture which was lost with the full plate.
Implants are also optimal at restoring missing teeth and areas of missing teeth. In general, the success rates over time with implants are superior to some alternate plans and should always at least be discussed when considering treatment. If you have any specific questions, please let me know.
One of the drawbacks of implants is the price, or perceived price. Implants have become exceedingly more affordable. We try to make implant treatment as near to or on par with other options. In many cases, the slight increase in up front cost of implants is easily made up in the long term success of the treatment, as opposed to failure or replacement of other treatment.
Please let me know if you have any questions related to implant treatment. I love talking about implants and its no bother at all. Post on this blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org.