Dental implants are now considered to be the preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth. There are a number of reasons why people have missing teeth – injury to the mouth where permanent teeth are lost, hereditary periodontal disease, poor dental hygiene, childhood illness. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, people typically have three options: dentures, implants, and bridges. For many years, dentures were the general way for replacing missing teeth. Today, however, if people can afford the procedure, dental implants are the preference.
Dental implants are done through a straightforward surgical procedure. A surgeon will place a titanium screw in the jaw bone and a prosthetic tooth is secured to the implant. Dental implants are a permanent solution to a missing tooth. They do not wiggle or slip, unlike dentures. Dental implants are also healthier for the gums and bone. Dentures that wiggle and slip in a person’s mouth can tear down the gum line and jaw bone, cause infection, and make dentures not fit properly. Most people who have had dentures and then replaced them with dental implants report that their implants are easier to care for than dentures. Dental implants can be treated just like regular teeth – brushing and flossing regularly to ensure oral health.
It is true that dental implants cost substantially more than dentures and bridges, the they are a permanent solution; the other two options are not. Also, most dentists agree that implants are healthier for the mouth because having the screws implanted into the jaw bone “tricks” the bone into thinking that there are teeth. Thus, the jaw bone will continue to grow and thrive. If you are in need of replacing a tooth or multiple teeth, consider dental implants for maximum results.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
Did you know there was such a thing as a comfortable denture? There is! In fact, this denture alternative is so unlike a denture that the only thing it has in common with a traditional prosthesis is that it’s used to replace all of your teeth at one time. What is it? A dental implant supported denture. Unlike regular dentures, the dental implant (“All on 4”) denture takes up less space in your mouth and provide a perfect fit every time. The horseshoe shaped denture also frees up the top of your mouth, making it much easier to talk, chew, smile, and enjoy the taste of your food.
The All on 4 denture stays in place by being mounted directly on top of 4 dental implants in the arch of your mouth. The stability provided by the implants keeps your denture secure so that it never slips or loses suction. In fact, the implant denture stays in place permanently. Because of it’s slim design, it only covers the bony ridge in your mouth where your natural teeth once were, almost as if you had real teeth again. The denture is permanently anchored to the 4 dental implants so that it is held in place similar to a dental bridge.
Taking care of your implant denture is easy. You can brush your teeth as normal, and use an oral irrigation device to flush any plaque or food debris out from under the denture the way you would if you had a bridge in place. You’ll never have to take them out and soak them overnight, leaving you feeling self conscious about your mouth or embarrassed around your loved ones. Best of all, most implant supported dentures can be completed in a single treatment appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
Traditional dental implant treatment can take months to complete. From surgical placement, healing, to delivering the final crown or other prosthesis can last up to 6 months before the therapy is complete. With advancements in dental implant care, some patients can now benefit from same-day implant therapy and walk out of the office with a new tooth after just one appointment.
Mini dental implants are about half of the size of traditional implants, which means they can be placed more easily and less invasively. Because they’re so easy to place, they can be used to support the crown or other prosthesis on the same day that they are placed in the patient’s mouth. One of the most common treatments that is used with mini implants is the snap-on denture, which uses mini implants to stabilize the prosthesis so that it provides a secure fit for the patient. Single missing teeth may even be replaced with a mini implant supported porcelain crown.
Not everyone is a candidate for same-day dental implants. It will depend on what type of treatment you need, which teeth need to be replaced, and the state of your oral health. However, if you are a candidate, your dentist can provide your care in just a single visit, transforming your smile in an instant.
Implants look and function similar to your natural teeth. The titanium root securely keeps the appliance in place, surrounded by your jawbone. Each single tooth implant is covered with a porcelain crown that is designed to blend in with your smile. Taking care of your implants is like taking care of any other tooth, and nobody will be able to tell the difference.
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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