Losing teeth due to accidents, injuries or disease can be a life-altering problem. While dentures can provide a solution for missing teeth, these appliances can slip and slide which makes eating frustrating and cleaning teeth difficult. Our dentists offer a permanent solution that’s more functional and comfortable than dentures or partials alone.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in the area(s) where teeth are missing. The posts can be considered as substitutes for a natural tooth’s roots. The jawbone bonds with the post, thus creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A small attachment that protrudes through the gums is attached to the implant. Artificial teeth are then attached to the implant which creates a strong, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth can cause a wide variety of oral health problems including improper bites, gum disease, decay and additional tooth loss. Implants are the optimal tooth replacement solution that preserves the mouth’s form and function. Consider these benefits:
- They look, feel and act like natural teeth.
- They allow patients to eat and speak comfortably.
- They are strong and durable.
- They eliminate the inconvenience of removable dental appliances.
Not only do implants provide a functional tool with which to chew food, but they also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration in areas where teeth are missing. Additionally, dental implants fill in embarrassing gaps left where natural teeth have been removed, creating a beautiful smile that restores confidence and self-esteem.
How Is the Procedure Done?
Most patients will require two surgical procedures. During the first procedure, which is completed using sedation dentistry, the implants are placed within the jawbone. For three to six months, the implants are allowed to gradually bond with the patient’s bone. During this period, some patients can wear dentures and eat a soft diet.
After the implant has had time to fuse with the jawbone, our dentists perform a second surgery also using sedation dentistry. During this procedure, the dental implants beneath the gum tissue are uncovered and the rods that serve as the anchors for artificial teeth are attached. These posts protrude through the gums and are used as the foundation for porcelain crowns or even dentures.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implants are great options if you have dentures that will not stay in place. That’s because implants can be used to stabilize dentures so that they don’t slip or move during meals or conversations. In most cases, the implants can be placed in one day. The procedure takes a matter of hours, with very little discomfort or recovery time. Many patients are able to eat dinner that same day.
What are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment to get implants today. We can’t wait to help you!