Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. They help maintain jawbone growth and make it possible for you to continue to eat all your favorite foods, which is not always possible with dentures. With some implant procedures you can even have your new teeth in one day.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Teeth can be lost for various reasons, including decay, gum disease, accidents and other types of trauma. Once a tooth is lost, your other teeth can shift in your mouth and lead to long-term problems like misalignment and temporomandibular disorder (TMD), which affects jaw muscles and facial nerves. Replacing the missing teeth keeps your other teeth healthy and keeps them from moving out of position.
Teeth can be replaced with dentures or bridges, but the best choice for permanent tooth replacement is dental implants. Implants replace the whole tooth—from the root to the crown—and help stimulate growth in your jawbone. They are permanent and stationary, so they won’t shift when you eat foods like apples, candy, or other foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard to bite into.
Choosing Dental Implants
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, depending upon your individual needs. Oral surgery is required to place implants since the root portion of your new tooth is anchored directly in the jawbone. Because the implant has a tooth root, you must have sufficient bone mass in your jaw to support the new tooth.
If the bone in your jaw is insufficient to support a single implant for each missing tooth, a teeth-in-one-day procedure might work better for you than traditional implants. With this procedure, a permanent denture is anchored in place with four implants. These implants are positioned in a way that allows them to take advantage of the densest bone in your jaw. The denture is then set on the abutments of the implants. The denture can be removed for cleaning, but while it is attached to the implant abutments, it is stationary and secure, just like traditional implants.
If you’re looking to pursue dental implants, don’t hesitate to reach out to either of our locations where our caring team of specialists are prepared to take care of your needs.