From the desk of Annapolis dentist Dr. Kian Djawdan…
Dental implants provide several important benefits when replacing lost teeth, including the reduction of bone loss in the jaw.
Recent studies have shown that denture wearers take nearly 20 percent more medication for gastrointestinal disorder, than what people with a natural chewing ability are forced to take for the same disorder. This is due to the loss of biting power. Dentures cannot make up for the bone stimulation that natural teeth provide.
Every time a person chews food with their “natural teeth”, the roots of the teeth provide stimulation to the jawbone, (beneath the gums). When you lose your natural teeth, your jawbone is no longer receiving this vital stimulation, even when you replace them with fixed bridge work, partial dentures or full denture plates. Without the necessary stimulation to your jawbone, you lose density and the bone slowly shrinks and becomes smaller and smaller over time. This vicious cycle is similar to the effects of Osteoporosis. Bone requires stimulation to maintain its form.
In the first year alone, following the removal of a tooth, the width of the jawbone in the area where the tooth is removed will decrease by 25 percent. Think what it would be like to lose 25 percent of your hip bone over the course of one year! Can you imagine how severely this would affect the way you walk, the way you golf, the way you exercise or the way you sit?
This is why it is always best to first do everything you can to keep your natural teeth. Absent your natural teeth you will continue to lose bone density in your jawbone to once again receive the stimulation it received in the presents of your natural teeth.
Fortunately, today there is a solution available that will not only replace your missing teeth, but one that will also maintain your remaining bone density and volume just like your natural teeth once did. Bone preservation and teeth stabilization is the ideal solution.
This method of replacing missing teeth is called implant dentistry. And from 1983 to today implant dentistry has increased tenfold and is now considered the fastest growing segment of modern dentistry.
Best described as a real tooth- dental implants are a proven solution for missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures. Whether you are missing one, several or all of your natural teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your own teeth.
“Today’s dental technology allows me to offer my patients precision an accuracy in diagnosis and treatment. With the marriage of the I-CAT dental CT scan and 3-D imaging software, I can fully visualize the placement of dental implant in a real 3-D environment and then design a surgical guide in which to place the implant,” says Dr. Djawdan. Dr. Djawdan was the first dentist in the greater Maryland, DC and VA area to acquire a dental CT scanner and 3-D imaging software in his office.
Computer guided dental implant surgery streamlines the treatment process and provides the patient with permanent teeth in record time. The system combines a unique planning program, a surgical template and the immediate load concept. CT Scans and 3-D imaging software are used to assess bone structure and map out the areas of best integrity. Computer guided implant surgery provides greater patient satisfaction and simplifies the dental implant treatment process.
Not only does this method look and feel natural, but it mimics the dynamics of natural teeth. Every time a person bites down with dental implants in place, the jawbone now receives the vital bone stimulation required to maintain its shape, form and function that the natural tooth once provided. Dental implants make it possible for patients with missing teeth to once again enjoy the simple pleasure of biting on a nice raw carrot, an apple, chewing a steak and thoroughly enjoying it while benefiting from the nutritional value that these foods provide.
If you have missing teeth and would like to learn more about how dental implants can solve your dental health problems, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Djawdan in his Annapolis dentist office.