February 24, 2017
Dental implants aren’t exactly new. They have been around since the 1960s.
But they are becoming more and more common in restorative dentistry. There’s a good reason for that. Dental implants let teeth replacements function more like natural teeth than they ever have.
We know what implants have done for patients at our dentist office in Gillette, WY. If you are missing teeth now, or you lose some in the future, we will be happy to discuss whether dental implants are right for you.
The Dental Implants Difference
To best explain what dental implants can do for our patients, let’s consider a worst-case scenario.
John (not a real patient) has lost all by one of his bottom teeth (a problem that really does happen). The tooth that is left is in pretty bad shape, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s gone, too.
In this case, we may recommend extracting to make room for a full set of dentures. How will John’s life be different if he gets implant-supported dentures instead?
► If John gets traditional dentures …
He will notice an improvement at first. He will be able to smile, and once he gets used to having dentures, he will be able to speak normally too.
John will know that he can’t eat everything that he wants to eat. Yet, he will be able to eat more than he could without his dentures. Sure they slip out of place every now and then, but it sure better having no teeth at all.
Life is good, or so it seems at the beginning. With time, John’s jaw will shrink. This will change the shape of his mouth. That will change the how his dentures fit.
As a result, they will come loose more and more frequently. They may even start to feel uncomfortable in his mouth. Even using denture adhesive won’t work as well as it once did.
In time, John will either have his dentures refitted or replaced. This will continue every few years for the rest of John’s life.
► If John gets dental implants along with his dentures …
He will be able to avoid many of the hassles mentioned above.
Dental implants replace the roots of teeth. This is what makes them so important for John and real patients with similar problems.
After John recovers from his implant placement procedure, we would attach his dentures. Together, his implants with add security and stability to his dentures. This way, his dentures won’t slip out of place when he is talking or when he is eating.
And speaking of eating, John will be able to eat whatever he wants. Really. Anything he wants.
The implants connect his dentures directly to his jaw. This puts added power behind each bite and each chew. It also means he won’t need to use gooey denture adhesive, so he will be able to enjoy the flavor is his food, too.
It’s also possible that John may never ever have to replace his dentures. You see, with dental implants, his jaw will not shrink like it did with traditional dentures alone.
Each time he bites or chews, John will be pushing the implants into his jawbone. That pressure will stimulate new bone tissue to grow, and that new growth will help keep his jaw healthy and strong for years and decades.
We recommend dental implants as part of teeth replacements because we understand the benefits for our patients.
Call 307-622-1311 if you would like to make an appointment to discuss dental implants with our dentist, Dr. Porter, in Gillette, WY.
Other Uses For Dental Implants
Dental implants may have a single function — to replace the roots of missing teeth — but they aren’t a one-trick pony.
In addition to helping patients in need of dentures, implants also can be used to support dental bridges and dental crowns.
A dental crown placed on a dental implant creates a complete replacement tooth. For patients missing multiple teeth, we can use one or more dental implants to support a dental bridge.
In each situation, implants add strength and stability.
Keep Implants In Mind
Hopefully, you will keep all your teeth for your entire life through regular dental visits to Synergy Dental Center and a good oral hygiene routine.
But if you should lose a tooth or teeth or you already have, remember what dental implants can do. Then call 307-622-1311 or contact us online to make an appointment.