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Understanding Implants & Dentures

An alternative to bridgework and dentures

 

Dental implants offer real advantages to traditional bridgework and dentures. Because implant restorations look and feel more like natural teeth, they offer higher levels of comfort, security and confidence over traditional treatments.

  Implant-Supported Bridge  The multiple-tooth restoration is used when two or more teeth are missing. Implants are placed at the site of each missing tooth. In cases when three adjacent teeth are missing, it may be possible to place only two implants, one on each end. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to function like the root of your missing tooth. Dental implants can maintain your surrounding bone and soft tissue, and will replace your missing tooth with a natural-looking restoration.

Implant-Supported Bridge
The multiple-tooth restoration is used when two or more teeth are missing. Implants are placed at the site of each missing tooth. In cases when three adjacent teeth are missing, it may be possible to place only two implants, one on each end. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to function like the root of your missing tooth. Dental implants can maintain your surrounding bone and soft tissue, and will replace your missing tooth with a natural-looking restoration.

A dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium inserted into the jawbone in place of a missing tooth root. After the surrounding bone has healed to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth looks, feels and performs similarly to natural teeth.

Implants are often preferred by doctors where it can help maintain anatomy and help keep the mouth healthy. There are the quality of life benefits as well, since dental implants do not slip or move. Single tooth, multiple tooth replacement and even complete lower or upper tooth replacement is practical in many cases.

Dental implants can improve a patient's appearance and self-confidence since implants look and feel similar to natural teeth. A securely attached implant offers the confidence of eating what you like and always speaking easily.

Every medical situation is different, but the technology has evolved and the cost-benefits have become more profound such that dental implants are becoming common.

 

About dentures

Our office is expert in all types of dentures. While dentures are not as often prescribed as they were a few decades ago, they remain practical and worthwhile in more than a few of our cases.

There are Several types of dentures

Overdenture: This might be used when some of the teeth can be saved. The remaining teeth preserve the jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. Implants can often serve the same function more effectively, however.

Conventional: This is a full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. 

Immediate: This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. We take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.