Most patients seem to know a little about implant dentures and dental implants, so I’m here to fill in the gaps and let you know if you may be a candidate for one of these transformative dental procedures.
Dental implants are used when one or several teeth are missing or damaged beyond repair. In the not so distant past, the only options after losing one tooth or more were dentures or bridges. Dental implants are a more modern way to deal with the same issue, and the results can leave you with beautiful teeth that can transform your smile!
A dental implant involves placing titanium tooth roots into the jaw, allowing them to heal for three to six months, then placing a post and crown on top of the strong titanium root. This is different than typical dental crowns. You can then chew, brush and floss just like you did with your natural teeth. This can be done for one or multiple teeth. Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, and the great news is that implants can’t get cavities.
Traditional dentures are basically metal or plastic plates that make it hard to talk, eat, and laugh with confidence – most people just end up coping with them. The most common experience people have with dentures is that they fall out when you don’t want them to! Implant dentures are a completely different approach to replacing teeth.
If you have already lost all of your teeth – or the majority of your upper or lower teeth – implant dentures were designed for you! By placing either two or four implants in each jaw, new implant dentures can be “snapped” in to give them a solid, strong, locked-in fit. This has the ability to dramatically improve your confidence, knowing that your dentures are not going to slip or fall out. In fact, implant dentures can be designed in a way that will only allow them to be removed by your dentist, giving you the look, feel and function of natural, beautiful teeth, without the downsides usually associated with dentures!
Dental implants and implant dentures can be transformative – but they aren’t for everyone
Implant dentures and dental implants have been proven by science to be effective, safe, and a great long-term solution to missing teeth. Not everyone is an ideal implant candidate though. Patients with diabetes, who smoke, or who have autoimmune disorders have higher risk of failure with dental implants. Some patients may also need additional procedures to ensure there is enough strong bone for the implant to lock into.
A tooth implant can also be a serious time commitment. From start to finish, they can take anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on the case. Good brushing at home and regular cleanings at the dental office are also needed to maintain the health of your implants. We also use advanced sedation techniques to allow us to work on your teeth for several hours at a time, reducing the number of visits you need for a perfect set of dental implants.
These are all topics that we discuss with each patient who is a possible implant denture or dental implant candidate. I have transformed many patients’ smiles with dental implants, and would love to discuss your unique situation and implant dentures with you. Give us a call to schedule a consultation.