Studies suggest that replacing missing teeth with dental implants improves esthetics and self-image. A recent 237-participant study by Case Western, "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women," assessed the overall quality of life -based on vocational, emotional, and general health – of participants who replaced missing teeth using dental implants versus those who replaced missing teeth by other treatments including bridges, partials and those who did not replace their missing teeth. The results are clear - patient satisfaction and quality of life is higher with dental implants versus dental bridge or dental partial with the lowest quality of life score for no replacement of missing teeth.
If you have researched dental implants in Fort Lauderdale or dental implants for seniors, you are likely already aware of the benefits of dental implants versus other tooth replacement options. One of the best benefits of dental implants is that they look and function most like your natural teeth. Another great benefit of dental implants is thanks to the dental implant actually replacing the root of the missing tooth, they stimulate bone growth in your jaw bone during normal chewing. A dental bridge or partial/denture restoration lacks the bone stimulation to prevent bone loss associated with missing a tooth. An additional benefit of dental implants over dental bridge is that a dental implant does not require altering neighboring teeth.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants is to call Excellence in Dentistry at 954-928-1666 to schedule a consultation with your dentist on Commercial Blvd. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, practice general and cosmetic dentistry with over 60 years combined experience providing quality dentistry to their patients in Broward County. To be eligible for dental implants, you will need to be in good overall health, have no signs of gum disease and have no current dental decay. Your dentist will assess if you have sufficient bone in your jaw necessary for a good foundation for your dental implants.
As a candidate for dental implants, you may ask how much permanent dental implants cost and are dental implants covered by insurance. Every insurance policy is different and many insurance companies do cover dental implant restorations. Some dental insurance policies include a missing tooth clause which means that replacement of any tooth lost prior to your effective date is not covered. Our friendly staff at Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale can assist you with all your insurance needs including getting prior authorization for your dental implant.
Your dental implant consists of three parts: the dental implant, the abutment that attachs your implant to your implant crown, and the implant crown. At your consultation with either Dr. Nancy Rotroff or Dr. Gerard Wasselle, your dentist will assess whether you have adequate bone mass to place an implant before scheduling you for your first step: surgical placement of your dental implant. After the dental implant is allowed to heal and osseointegrate with your jaw bone, the abutment is attached and the crown is prepped. At your final visit, your new dental implant crown is attached to the abutment restoring your missing tooth. A popular misconception about dental implants is that they are a more expensive treatment option compared to the traditional dental bridge. Dental implants may cost slightly more initially, but because they don’t need to be replaced as often. Dental bridges last between five to ten years while a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Replacing your missing teeth is an important decision in restoring both your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. Schedule a consultation with the best cosmetic dentist in Broward County to discuss replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. Dr. Nancy Rotroff, Dr. Gerard Wasselle and our team of highly trained dental professionals at Excellence in Dentistry are dedicated to your best oral health. Call our office to schedule your consultation today: (954) 928-1666.