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Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth you may want to look into dental implants. Many people find that choosing dental implants is a great, permanent solution to the problems associated with missing teeth. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons whether due to poor oral health or an accident that knocks out a tooth. Whatever the reason for your missing teeth, dental implants can restore your beautiful smile, allowing you to present yourself with confidence again.

Titanium Roots

With dental implants, you have a titanium artificial root embedded into the jaw line in order to permanently hold the false tooth in place. Titanium is used because of how effectively it incorporates the process of osseointegration. This is an essential part of the dental implant process where the jaw bone acts as an anchor for the titanium root due to the bone fusing with the titanium, providing permanent stability.

If you are missing more than one tooth a bridge is most often the solution with a specialized bridge being used when it will be anchored to dental implants. When this is the case the titanium tooth implant is placed into the holding spaces on the bridge, firmly and permanently holding the bridge in place. The bridge would not be put into place until osseointegration on the dental implants intended to hold it in place is complete.

Full Mouth Restorations

There are a few options available to those who are missing most of their teeth and need full mouth tooth restoration. One option involves having six to eight titanium anchors placed inside the jaw bone with a bridge placed after osseointegration has occurred. Once the titanium roots are permanently in place then the porcelain crowns are added to complete the smile in a total restoration process. These crowns and the dental bridge would not be removable and would be in place permanently.

Removable Bridges

Another option is to have implants that would be anchored to a removable bridge. This process would involve embedding fewer implants to act as anchors for the dental bridge that is removable. This method allows for the bridge or removable dentures to be more securely in place while eating and socializing which is a great benefit when compared with traditional dentures.

Natural Looking

Dental implants are remarkably natural looking and will look exactly that same as your own teeth. They are also very resilient and can easily last more than ten years if they you have good oral hygiene habits. Another great benefit is that nothing needs to be removed when you are eating or sleeping. Care for your dental implants is performed in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene is an essential part of the dental implantation process. Doing the best you can to keep your gums healthy by taking care of the teeth you have is an important first step to preparing for the dental implant process. If you are tired to dealing with ill-fitting removable dentures or if you are ready to replace the missing teeth in your smile we invite you to contact our office for more information about dental implants today.