Replacing All Teeth with Dental Implants
Instead of getting dentures, many patients who lose all of their teeth are now opting for dental implants. Implants offer a variety of benefits and can last for life. Here is why this form of tooth replacement is often preferred and how it is provided to patients who choose it.
Why Get Implants Instead of Dentures?
Appearance, functional performance, and long-term health all are better with implants. Whereas the artificial teeth in dentures are set in plastic gums, dental implants are placed directly into the gums and look completely natural. Implants never slip, so they are always reliable for chewing and speaking. The jaw bones can deteriorate during long-term denture use because the tooth roots remain missing. Because implants take the place of tooth roots, they keep the jaw bones healthy.
What Is Involved in Getting Implants?
Patients seeking implants first visit our dentist for an exam to confirm eligibility and find out if bone grafting is necessary to build up the jaw bones first. The implants are then placed into the jaw bones through the gums during surgery. After the implants have fully integrated with the jaw bones, which can take three to nine months, patients return to have artificial teeth placed on top of their implants.
Implants can last for life as long as they are brushed and flossed daily and examined twice each year. At a consultation with our dentist, patients can learn more about implants and find out if this treatment is right for replacing their teeth.
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