Are Dental Implants a Better option for me than A Denture or Partial Denture?
Implants are pieces of bio-compatible material in the shape of the roots of teeth which are surgically placed in the jaw. These implants are used as anchors to secure individual teeth, dental bridges or dentures. Implants help to prevent deterioration of the jaw bone and preserve facial appearance. Implants are the most natural way of restoring missing teeth. They are very stable and permanent.
Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry. No longer are patients forced to wear removable dentures after tooth loss. Teeth built on implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. Patients can eat and socialize with confidence. Call us to see if you can have implants to replace missing teeth.
The placement of implants involves removing bone under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation and inserting the implants into the prepared site. The top of the implants usually protrude slightly through the gums although sometimes they are completely covered with gum tissue. You can have temporary teeth placed for cosmetic purposes, right after the procedure, while the implants integrate with the bone. After about three months a post is placed into the implants and teeth, a bridge or a denture is placed on the implants. This sometimes requires a second smaller surgical procedure to accomplish. When there is still a tooth in the site that has to be removed, it may be necessary to wait three additional months for the bone to fill in prior to placing the implant. Sometimes when there is an inadequate amount of bone to place the implant it may be possible to build up the bone with a bone graft procedure prior to placing the implant. It is sometimes possible to place an implant into an extraction site at the time of the extraction.
Sometimes a patient's Denture or Partial Denture does not fit properly and is loose and cause embarrassment for the patient when eating or socializing. Dental Implants can serve as an anchor to these dentures and hold them solidly in place restoring the confidence to life your life to the Fullest!