Dentures are an effective and popular solution for tooth replacement. However, they have disadvantages, such as a common need to use adhesives to keep them in place. They also lead to jawbone atrophy, causing the face to have a “collapsed” look over time. To prevent bone atrophy and avoid adhesives, consider dental implants.
Choosing Dental Implants
Whether or not you have worn dentures for any period of time, consider having missing teeth replaced with dental implants. If you have struggled with dentures that don’t fit well or refuse to remain in place, implants provide an alternative that is permanent, natural-looking, and stationary. A consultation with your dentist or a prosthodontist will help you decide if implants are a good choice for you.
For implants to be successful, you must start with a solid foundation. This requires thorough healing as well as a strong bond between the jawbone and the root portion of the implant. Some issues that might interfere with successful healing include:
- Gum disease
- Lack of jawbone density
- Systemic disease
- Autoimmune disorders
- Certain medications
If you have any of these issues, be sure to discuss them with your implant dentist. In some cases, treatment before the implant procedure will take place can ensure successful healing.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Traditionally, implants are placed in a two-step process. First, the artificial roots are set into the jawbone. Over a period of several weeks, the bone bonds with the titanium to create a solid foundation that will hold your new teeth stationary and secure in your mouth. After this initial healing process, the prosthetic teeth can be added. A traditional implant has a separate root to support each individual replacement tooth. You might also choose to have a permanent denture supported by implants. Either way, your new teeth will be secure, permanent, and natural-looking.
Dental implants provide distinct advantages over traditional dentures. If you have any missing teeth, call our office at 701-255-2467 to set up an appointment and ask our prosthodontist if implants are right for you.