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. Dental implant placement has the added benefit of not needing to be anchored to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, which is a requirement for bridges.
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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.
To receive dental implants, your overall oral health has to be checked and assessed by our 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.
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.
Tooth loss is a devastating event with severe consequences. Along with the impact, tooth loss has on the appearance of your smile, it can make eating and speaking more challenging. Your jawbone gradually begins to change shape as well, which can then throw off your bite and cause other issues. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Ford Dental Group can help you to determine the best treatment course for your needs. Two common options for tooth replacement are dentures and implants.
Dentures have long been the treatment for replacing missing teeth, and have been used for centuries. The dentures we use today, however, are a major improvement over their ancestors, providing a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing result.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Treatment
Dentures offer several benefits:
While modern dentures are a vast improvement over older restorations, they still have some major disadvantages:
Modern Day Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. They use small titanium posts to support ceramic crowns and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Dental implants are placed in a surgical procedure, during which the posts are implanted into the jawbone. As you heal, your natural bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into the bone and turning them into stable roots that secure your new crowns in place. The exact number of implants you need for your new teeth depend upon how many teeth you have lost and the condition of your jawbone.
Pros and Cons of Modern Treatment
Dental implants offer a vast array of benefits:
Despite the numerous benefits, implants do have a few disadvantages:
Questions about Dental Implants vs. Dentures?
If you have lost teeth, it is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible. For more information, and to find out which option is best for your specific needs, call Ford Dental Group to schedule your consultation today at 714-409-6161.
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