When it comes to dental implants, it is important that you find out whether your dentist is proficient in the restorative dentistry skills that are required to perform such a potentially complex procedure. Dr. Lindahl has over 20 years’ experience working and collaborating with oral surgeons to design, create, and restore amazingly lifelike crowns and fixed dentures and is an active member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD).
When you work with an ASIRD dentist, you know that your dentist has completed extensive qualified continuing education in order to provide up-to-date dental care in a safe and comfortable manner.
ASIRD dentists are required to restore a minimum number of dental implant cases each year in order to maintain their membership. They must also complete extensive didactic and hands-on clinical training in technology, aesthetics and dental health. ASIRD dentists complete a rigorous clinical peer review process, which requires a high degree of commitment and skill. These qualifications of membership are how you know your ASIRD dentist is experienced in advanced procedures, techniques, and products, and will provide up-to-date dental care in a safe and comfortable manner. Through their commitment to education and technology, ASIRD teams are able to provide optimal treatment and quality dental care.
If your dentist is not an ASIRD member, be sure to ask how many dental implant cases he/she completed last year. Ask about the surgeon that will be placing your implant. Do they collaborate together as a team? Or are you simply being referred to the surgeon for the implant placement and then directed back to your dentist to finish the restoration?Visit the ASIRD Website
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Developed more than 35 years ago by Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, dental implants have opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Once the implant is fixed into place, your dentist places a custom-made connector and crown on top of the implant. This results in a beautiful and fully functional smile.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
In the event that more than one tooth is missing, several implants may provide a base for a series of artificial teeth known as a fixed bridge. Implants can even be used to secure a full set of removable dentures for people who have no remaining natural teeth.
With benefits like improved comfort, enhanced chewing ability and better overall dental health, the advantages of dental implants run much deeper than their cosmetic appeal. Patients do not have to sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space and there is no need to inconvenience patients by having to remove traditional dentures at night. Here’s a quick comparison chart and overview of dental implants and dentures.
Dentures are a more affordable option for tooth replacement. But once you add in buying fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacements, the cost does go up. When you consider that removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, compared to an average 25-year life span for dental implants, it’s easy to see why so many people think of dental implants as a long-term investment in themselves. For those who want a permanently fixed solution that’s the next best thing to their natural teeth, dental implants are definitely an investment worth making. Dentures simply can’t match the comfort, confidence and peace of mind that dental implants provide. Innovative treatments, precise technology and the CEREC all-in-one approach helping make dental implants more affordable. Plus, financing options are available for patients who qualify. Just another thing to consider when weighing your options.
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