Dental implants are a popular and long-term way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are surgically placed posts in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Most patients find that dental implants are secure, stable, and good replacements for their own teeth. Dental implants can provide the following benefits:
If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.
When a single tooth is missing, the two most common treatment options are:
When a tooth-supported bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, the adjacent teeth (which may be perfectly healthy) trimmed down to give the bridge a support system. This process removes natural enamel and tooth structure, but must be done in order to fit the new cemented bridge in place. A 3-unit tooth-supported bridge can be functional for many years, but the compromised teeth (those healthy teeth cut down to support the bridge) may develop decay, periodontal bone loss or need root-canal treatment. By placing a dental implant, the surrounding teeth are not affected, and future bone loss where the missing tooth is located will be avoided. There are some cases where a bridge may be the preferred option. Please discuss your situation with us so that you can know what may be best for your situation.
For millions of Americans, wearing dentures is a way of life. Most denture wearers have noticed that their diet has changed because they have difficulty chewing raw vegetables, salad, and other food essential to a healthy diet. They also have noticed that with the entire palate covered with plastic, they can’t taste as well and their speech may have changed. Sore spots from the dentures moving and rubbing is also a common complaint.
You don’t have to put up with dentures anymore!
People who have dentures can use implants to anchor their teeth and remember what it was like to enjoy their food, eat better and improve health, and have the confidence of teeth that don’t come out at night. All-on-4 implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. With the advances in implant dentistry, you are no longer limited to traditional dentures. Dr. Halls is proud to offer the innovative and technologically advanced All-on-4 dental implant technique. If you wear dentures or have had extractions recommended, the All-on-4 procedure is the optimal solution for a long-term, comfortable, and beautiful smile.
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