Dental implants are metal posts or frames that dentists position into the jawbone just under your gums through a surgical procedure. Once placed, dentists can then mouth either a new bridge or replacement tooth/teeth in that same area.
Unlike dentures, implants are firmly placed in your mouth, so they won't ever come loose. Or at least, not by accident. They also have the added benefit of not needing to be anchored to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, which is a requirement for bridges.
How Dental Implants Work
Implants basically fuse to your jawbone, allowing them to provide the most stable possible kind of support for your replacement teeth. They won't slip or shift, making them less likely to cause speech problems. Also, as a result of their secure fit, dental implants feel far more natural compared to dentures and/or dental bridges.
The downside with dental implants, though, is that they're the most expensive method of tooth replacement. Even worse is that most insurance carriers rarely cover more than 10 percent of the fees, which is just unfortunate.
Proper Care and Maintenance
To receive dental implants, your overall oral health has to be checked and assessed by a dentist first. You'll need to have healthy enough gums, with sufficient bone structure left to support the implant itself. Also, having dental implants means that you'll have to commit to taking proper care of it, which includes meticulous oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
Here are a couple more tips to help make sure that your dental implants last for a very long time.
Maintain a meticulous oral hygiene routine: If you didn't have any reason to strictly stick to brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once, you do now. Having implants makes it all the more important to take proper care of your teeth. You may also want to start using interdental brushes (brushes whose bristles are able to slide between teeth to help it clean areas that are typically hard to reach, especially around your implant).
Quit smoking: Smoking has been proven to weaken bone structure, which is not good news for your dental implant. The fact that smoking is also bad for your oral health as it is a risk factor for plenty of dental complications and that it generally is just bad for you should be enough of a reason for you to quit smoking as soon as possible.
Schedule regular appointments with your dentist: Recent news has made a new dental complication come to light, one that's a direct result of dental implants. While peri-implantitis has yet to be fully understood, experts agree that it's always preceded by peri-implant mucositis, which is a much more common condition that's also easy to treat. Early warning signs include red, swollen and even bleeding gums. And, by visiting the dentist regularly, your teeth and mouth are routinely checked for early warning signs of peri-implant mucositis so as to prevent it from progressing to the more serious peri-implantitis.
Stop chewing on hard food: This has to be one of the hardest adjustments to make, especially since most people tend to chew on hard food almost unconsciously. But, since ice and hard stuff can eventually break down the crown and your natural teeth, such a change is necessary and may also be beneficial, even for those who don't have dental implants.
Remember, the longevity and success of your dental implants depend on how well you take care of your teeth. Brushing your teeth, flossing and regularly visiting the dentist can go a long way in making sure that you encounter little to no dental problems going forward.
If you have suffered tooth loss, you might consider dental implants. To ensure the best possible results Dr. Jonathan Ford will perform a thorough oral exam, complete with X-rays to check the condition of your jawbone, and discuss all of your options. To schedule your consultation, contact the Ford Dental Group today.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
You can suffer tooth loss for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease. Teeth may also fall out as a result of facial trauma, tooth decay, or bruxism. Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted because they are severely damaged beyond repair. Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, missing teeth need to be replaced. There are a few ways in which this can be done. Traditionally, tooth loss has been addressed with dentures. Today, dental implants provide a unique alternative. If you have lost teeth, Ford Dental Group can help you to determine the best treatment for your needs.
Replacing Teeth with Dental Dentures
Dentures are the traditional treatment for missing teeth. They have been in use for hundreds of years. However, the dentures that we use today are nothing like their ancestors. Technological developments have made significant improvements on what many people have thought dentures to be. They are available as partial dentures, which replace sections of missing teeth, and full dentures, which replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Dentures are a removable prosthesis, consisting of acrylic resin teeth set into a gum colored acrylic base. Your dentures are made from impressions of your mouth, which enables the base to fit perfectly on your gums, which provide the support for your new teeth.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Dentures
Benefits of Dentures
Modern research and development have improved dentures immensely. The restorations we use today were more comfortable and more natural in appearance than dentures just a few decades ago.
The restoration of your abilities to eat and speak.
The restoration of your smile, and your confidence.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Care can be tedious, as they need to be removed nightly and cleaned separately before you brush the rest of your teeth and gums.
They are not always secure, and can slip out of place while you eat or speak. This can lead to embarrassment.
Dentures rely on your gums for support, and this delicate tissue was never meant to support the pressures that are exerted on them with this restoration.
If your dentures do not fit properly, or slide out of place frequently, you may experience painful denture sores.
Your jawbone changes shape as a result of bone loss but the base of your dentures, being made of acrylic, does not adjust to accommodate these changes. As a result, you need have your restoration replaced every few years.
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. They were the result of an accidental discovery in the early 1950's. The first successful implants were placed in the 60s, and improvements have been made over the years to make them what they are today. Implants consist of small titanium posts, which are used to provide support for ceramic crowns. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw and turning them into strong, stable, immovable roots that anchor your teeth securely in place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
They look and feel much more natural.
Eating and speaking abilities are restored. You do not need to relearn how to speak with implants either as you would with dentures.
Because the teeth are held securely in place on stable posts, they will not slip out of place when you eat or speak.
They can be taken care of just like the rest of your natural teeth.
Implants offer greater comfort. The teeth are supported by the posts rather than your gums.
They stimulate the jawbone like the roots of your natural teeth. This stops and prevents the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss, and helps to maintain the integrity of your jawbone.
They are often more expensive than traditional treatments.
You need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw for the success of your implants. Otherwise, you may need to undergo a bone graft first.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
While there are pro's and con's to each type of restoration, missing teeth need to be replaced. We can help you to weigh your options and make the best decision for you. Call Ford Dental Group today to schedule your consultation at (714) 409-6161.
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