PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When patients are faced with tooth loss, Dr. Mo Saleh
looks to offer them solutions that will work well for their lifestyle and dental needs. For some patients, this means having dentures made. For others, dental implants are a viable option. A recent article
in Payson Roundup highlights the benefits and risks associated with dental implants.
Tooth loss is a significant dental problem. According to Dr. Chris Winterholler, approximately 30 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Some are missing more. He notes that the average lifespan for natural teeth is between 40 and 45 years, but people are living far longer than that. While it is possible to live without teeth, it does not provide for a very high quality of life.
In addition to the natural effects of aging on the teeth, there are other factors that contribute to poor dental health as well. For example, people who take multiple medications may have an increased risk of tooth decay. Medicines can cause dry mouth, which in turn can lead to the further deterioration of teeth. The mouth requires a certain amount of moisture to stay healthy. Previously dentures were one of the only options for dealing with tooth loss. The average lifespan for a pair of dentures was only about five to 10 years up until about 40 years ago. According to Dr. Winterholler "that changed when the Swedish discovered medically pure titanium screws fused with bones and there was no reaction/rejection by the body." The result was the development of dental implants.
Though dentures are less expensive and last longer, more dentists are turning toward dental implants to replace teeth instead. Not all patients are eligible for this procedure, however. They must have enough bone left in which to install the titanium screws. With advances in technology, it has become even easier for dentists to accurately fit implants. Dr. Winterholler
uses a 3-D computer to take the x-rays and says that he has about a 95 percent success rate in making the right fit the first time.
Another benefit to having dental implants is that unlike dentures, they do not cover the roof of the mouth, which can lead to better taste sensation. "Most of our taste buds are actually in the roof of our mouth, not on the tongue," explains Dr. Winterholler. "So when upper dentures are needed, and the roof of the mouth must be covered, we lose most of our ability to taste." Implants are also easier to clean and care for than dentures because they act like natural teeth.
Dental implants are more expensive than dentures, however, and are not typically as successful in patients who suffer from diabetes, smoke, or both. When compared to other treatments, implants have their advantages. Dr. Winterholler points out that a root canal that replaces a single tooth only lasts between three and five years and costs around $2,000. An implant is a permanent solution and only costs around $2,500.
"With advancing technology, patients have more options for caring for their teeth," says Dr. Mo Saleh. "Now implants also come in metal-free versions for patients who may have metal allergies. Not all patients are candidates for dental implants, but they are a beneficial alternative to dentures for many people." Dr. Mo Saleh encourages patients to talk to their dentist about what options are available to improve their dental health.
Dr. Mo Saleh
is an innovative dentist and leader in the industry. He is the owner of two state-of-the-art practices in the Portland area: Dental Dynamics and Optima Dental. He offers patients high quality care in the areas general, implant, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Saleh is passionate about making dental care as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for his patients, and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the field.