Dental implants can be a great alternative to dentures for replacing missing teeth. I Donely can all of your teeth be replaced using dental implants, but dental implants are actually better for the overall health of your mouth as they work to support jawbone structure.
Your dentist will help you decide what type of restoration will be best for your individual case, thereby determining how many implants your restoration will require.
Why should I get an implant-supported bridge or denture instead of a traditional denture or bridges?
Without tooth structure, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate and change your facial structure. Dental implants act as the root of your tooth and help regenerate jawbone structure that may otherwise deteriorate over time. Dental implants are a more stable and sturdy option for tooth restorations.
The stability that dental implants provide make implant-supported bridges and dentures much more comfortable and long lasting than traditional options. Instead of relying on cement, suction, or adhesion, implants are secured directly into the jawbone and provide a more natural-looking restoration.
What is the procedure for placing dental implants?
Implant placement surgery is actually relatively simple but does require an extensive healing period. An oral surgeon or periodontist will surgically place your dental implants and place a healing Over the implant while it heals and integrates into your jawbone. Implant surgery can be done using a local anesthetic and does not require general anesthesia. After your implants are placed, your dentist will provide you with a temporary denture to wear to protect your implant while it heals and enable you to continue eating and speaking in a normal fashion.
The healing time for dental implants is about six months. During this time, your jawbone will begin to regenerate around the implants, securing them in place. Once your dental implants are fully integrated and your gum tissue is healthy, the healing caps are removed and your dental restoration is secured onto the implants.
Placement of Implant-Supported Dental Restorations
Now that your implants are ready for restoration, your dentist will take over treatment. Some dentures and bridges are screw retained and are placed onto the implant using an abutment and screw. Screw retained restorations cannot be removed except by a dentist. Other dentures and bridges can be secured in place using an anchor that is secured to the implant and allows the prosthetic to be clipped on instead of screwed on. This second option enables the patient to remove their prosthesis as needed.
We have already explained that implant-supported dental restorations are significantly more stable and secure but they are also easier to care for. They are a much more aesthetically pleasing option than traditional bridges and dentures. Not everyone is suitable for implant surgery so it is important to discuss your options with your dentist and make sure that you are aware of all the limitations while you heal.
If you think dental implant-supported restorations might be right for you, speak with your dentist about your options!
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