If you are missing teeth, dental implants represent a fantastic option for the replacement of some or all of your teeth. They are more convenient and easier to care for than dentures and can provide an attractive and permanent solution. Dental implants can serve to support partial dental bridges or full dentures, depending on the unique needs of the patient.
What advantages do dental implants provide over conventional dentures?
Many people are finding dental implants to be an ideal option to replace missing teeth for a variety of reasons. Dental implants have both the look and the function of natural teeth and are a permanent fixture. The cleaning and care of dental implants do not require the wearer to remove them. In cases where the patient has not lost all of their teeth, dental implants can also support bridges. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are long-lasting and durable.
Are dental implants more comfortable?
Dental implants, because they do not rest directly on the gums, can be more comfortable than regular dentures. As they are directly supported by anchoring into the jawbone, they can also be much more stable when compared to conventional dentures. Conventional dentures can make it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants allow the patient to regain much of their normal chewing and biting ability.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
Because dental implants and implant-supported bridges effectively replace some of the roots lost to tooth extraction, they are ideal for preserving the underlying bone. In those who wear conventional dentures, the bone that surrounded the roots of the teeth begins to reabsorb, meaning that the bone deteriorates over time. Because dental implants are an integral part of the jawbone, they can help maintain and preserve healthy bone.
How are dental implants placed?
Cylindrical, screw-like implants are placed into the patient's jaw. Over the following two to six months, the patient's jawbone bonds with the implants. When fully bonded, the implants become stable anchors for permanent teeth replacement prosthetics to be attached. During the first two to six months, a temporary replacement denture can be worn over the site of the implants.
Usually, after the initial healing period, an additional procedure is necessary in order to uncover the anchored implants and attach extensions. These extensions form the basis of the connecting foundation on which the patient's new teeth will be attached.
Though it can vary depending on the number of implant anchors, the device that will hold a patient's new teeth in place may be fastened to the implant or in some cases, clipped to a bar or a ball-shaped anchor.
Once the healing and preparation process is complete, full dentures or bridges are created for the patient and attached to the connecting device. After a brief period of healing and readjustment, the patient can regain chewing ability and of course, have a bright, beautiful (and permanent) new smile.
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Every patient has unique needs, and in some cases, some of the above procedures may be combined when circumstances allow for this. Dental professionals will work with each patient to determine the best options and the most beneficial treatment plan.
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