In the past if you lost several or all of your teeth, it meant that you had to move on to wearing dentures, or partial dentures. While dentures and partials are still used frequently, many people find them cumbersome, uncomfortable, and simply not adequate. Even losing a single tooth and replacing it with a dental bridge is frustrating for some. Permanent fixed appliances like these are effective, but they are more difficult to clean around and care for on a routine basis than choosing an option like dental implants.
As dental implants have expanded over the past decade, they have become the go-to treatment of choice for tooth replacement by dentists as well as their patients. In the past most implants were reserved for the replacement of a single tooth. This preserved the health of adjacent teeth, and allowed the new “tooth” to have it’s own anatomical titanium root, independent of any other teeth in the mouth, making it easy to care for as well as natural in appearance. Over time implants also began to be used for replacing 2 or 3 missing teeth at a time, with just 1 or 2 titanium implants.
The more dental implantology expanded, the more comprehensive the therapy became. No longer are implants reserved for the replacement of just a few teeth, but rather, implants can be used to replace all of the teeth and even support low-profile implant supported dentures. These dentures are sometimes called “All on 4” dentures, which snap securely onto four titanium implants in the jaw. They are much lower profile than traditional dentures, freeing up the rest of your mouth for talking, enjoying meals, and offering a secure fit that goes beyond any normal denture.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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