Dental implants are changing our lifestyles. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything. Patients appreciate knowing that the teeth will appear natural and can smile and function with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are small titanium posts put under the "gums" where teeth are absent. These metal "anchors" act as tooth root substitutes.
The Surgical Procedure for Dental Implants:
Dental implants include a simple surgery. Implants (titanium posts) are embedded under your gums. For the next three to six months, the implants will bond with the jawbone. You will wear temporary dentures during this time and your permanent substitution teeth will be manufactured.
Once the implant has clung to the jawbone, the second stage starts. The implants will be revealed and little posts will be attached. These posts will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. The entire procedure (with healing time)takes a few months.
What sorts of prostheses (tooth substitutions) are available using implants?
A crown is used to replace one missing tooth and each prosthetic tooth appends to its own particular dental implant.
A fixed implant bridge can replace at least two teeth and may require just a few implants.
A total dental prosthetic device (fixed bridge) replaces every one of the teeth in your lower or upper jaw. The quantity of implants relies upon which sort of total prosthesis (removable or settled) is suggested.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants are the best substitutes for your healthy, natural teeth. They are worked to keep going, making them a long-term solution for tooth loss. They help to keep up the jawbone, keeping it from losing its quality and strength. Implants empower you to enjoy, eat your favorite food, and smile wide.
Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons to select dental implants over traditional types of restorations:
The structure of the surrounding teeth does not have to be sacrificed as it does with a fixed bridge. Dental Implants allow one tooth to be replaced without affecting the adjacent teeth.
A clasp denture (“a partial”) must be removed at night. As well, dentures that slip can be discomforting. Dental implants provide a stable base for dentures so that they do not move and they perform like natural teeth.
When teeth are missing, the bone in the “jaw” begins to deteriorate. Dental Implants prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.
Maintenance for Implants
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dentist will help the implants stay healthy for years.
How to decide whether you need implants?
Contact Glen Lake Family Dentistry. We will examine your mouth, review your medical and dental history, and provide you with the information you will require to make a well-informed decision.