Dental implants are state-of-the-art replacements for teeth. In fact, they *are* teeth. They are the most comfortable, the most natural, and the most efficient way to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay, breakage, or dental root canals. They hold the highest percentage of success of any alternative in the range of the high 90's. While not perfect, they are close to it, and they are one of the best ways of replacing missing and lost teeth when it comes to the stance of chewing, eating, and feeling natural. Ideal candidates can be patients anywhere in their early twenties to their nineties, as there is no real restriction.
A patient will typically enjoy the benefits of a dental implant throughout their lifetime. In most cases, it will be long-lasting with the proper dental care. Dental implants are made with titanium alloy, which are also typically used in other parts of the body such as for hip and joint replacements because they are a strong, solid material. Other benefits of dental implants are that they are not reactive to heat, cold, and do not experience decay as they are not actual, natural teeth. This makes them one of the best solutions for missing teeth in individuals of any age.
The other alternative to dental implants is false teeth, otherwise known as dentures, but many individuals find that artificial teeth are painful and uncomfortable. Dental implants do not get food stuck underneath them. They are held in place by the jaw bone, making them sturdier and stronger than adhesive dentures. Dental implants look natural and act as natural teeth, making them a great alternative to full or partial dentures. Especially with dentures and partials, implants can make the difference between night and day, literally. Even as little as two implants eliminate much of the problems so that you can eat and chew comfortably. Often, four will give you a whole world of difference using a lower denture. This is proven by repeated papers on their effectiveness. Research has also shown that partials alone are not good for the remaining teeth. They can sequentially take them down, one by one. By using only a few implants, you insure the longevity for the remaining teeth. Implants are the best thing for people with dentures or partials! Having a choice to better health, one that you will use and benefit from every day for the rest of your life is worth it. Dr. Umeda can help make your life comfortable again.
Dr. Umeda has had experience placing implants for approximately 20 years, and has completed several year-long and premiere courses on dental implants. His practice highly recommends dental implants as a long-lasting, permanent solution to missing or lost teeth.