August 19, 2016
I’m a dentist who places and restores dental implants. You’ll hear about dental implants a lot in our office. Or perhaps you’ve done your own research. Whatever the case, it’s my job to make sure you know the best way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are some of the best tools we have in dentistry. Our dental implants are extremely versatile and can be restored with single crowns, bridges, or dentures.
To determine the best way to repair your mouth, you need to know the specifics about the treatment. When do you need dental implants? Are you a candidate for dental implants? How long does it take to get dental implants? I have all of those answers and more in the following post.
• Dental implants nearly mimic the function of natural teeth. There is nothing quite like your natural teeth. No matter how great our tools and restorative options are, our natural teeth are superior. Up until the last few decades, restorative options didn’t come close to the function of your natural teeth. But now we have dental implants. Our implants can give patients nearly 90 percent of the power they had with their natural teeth.
• Dental implants will secure your new, permanent teeth. Dental implants are the only way to secure replacement teeth. For years, our best option for replacing teeth was with removable dentures. Removable dentures are a great way to replace the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth, but they cannot match the power of dental implants or natural teeth. That’s because traditional dentures rest on top of the gums and lack any stability. Denture wearers know this pitfall all too well, as removable dentures often slip or slide around in the mouth.
• Dental implants preserve the jawbone. One of the reasons traditional dentures often slide around in the mouth is that the jawbone changes shape after you lose your teeth. When the teeth are lost or fail, the jawbone will recede. You’ve probably seen this before in someone but maybe couldn’t pinpoint the cause. People without teeth often lose the vertical height between their chin and nose. This process can happen quickly, as quickly as 18 months after the teeth are lost. Dental implants merge with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This is fancy way of saying the implants becomes part of your body. Once the implant has healed with the bone, we can restore it lifelike crowns, bridges, or dentures.
• You can live longer with dental implants. Earlier I wrote that patients with removable dentures often see their devices slip or slide around in the mouth. This typically happens when they are eating. Because of these problems, most denture wearers have strict food limitations. Studies have food that patients with removable dentures have trouble getting the proper healthy nutrition. As a result, some dental studies claim that patients with removable dentures can decrease their lifespan by as much as 10 years! Dental implants restore your mouth and allow you to eat the foods you love.
• We can restore your mouth with only a few implants. It might be hard to imagine how dentures can be restored over dental implants. No, we don’t place 26 implants in your mouth! We’ve found that you can have great stability in your new permanent teeth with just a few implants on each arch. We use a method known as All-on-4 dental implants to help patients who are missing all of their natural teeth. With All-on-4, we place four dental implants on each arch. The best part is that the All-on-4 restoration leaves your palate open, allowing you to better taste your foods.
So, there you have it. A few nuggets of information about our dental implants. We, of course, have so much more to share with you. If you’re struggling with missing teeth or tired or clunky, removable dentures, you can resolve your problems at our office. Call us today at 307- 622-1311.