Dental implant treatment is the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants serve as the "state of the art" in technology, as it makes it possible to replace missing teeth and restore the mouth as closely as possible to its natural state without compromising adjacent teeth.
Dental implants preserve the integrity of facial structures by preventing the deterioration of the jawbone that happens when teeth are missing. Implants have helped brighten the lives of thousands, improving overall health and well-being, and restoring the confidence that comes from a natural smile and appearance.
Dr. Exler works closely with oral surgeons and periodontists to restore implants that have been surgically placed to his guidelines so patients have optimum results.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.