Upland dentist provides dental implants

Dental Implants / Replacement




The Problem:

A missing tooth or teeth. If not replaced, this will affect the person’s appearance and reduce chewing efficiency. If the tooth is not replaced, surrounding teeth may migrate causing malocclusion. Bone loss and/or periodontal disease can occur.

The Solution:

A dental implant is an artificial root replacement made of Titanium. It is placed into the jaw where the normal root of a tooth would exist. Then an abutment is attached to the implant and a crown is cemented onto the abutment. Ideally, one implant is recommended per tooth, but several implants may be used to create a bridge of prosthetic teeth.

The Advantages:

Unlike other tooth replacements, dental implants do not attach to other teeth. It is not necessary to sacrifice the natural tooth structure of adjacent teeth or exert additional forces onto the adjacent teeth (as with a bridge). Structurally, dental implants are self-supporting and function just like the original tooth.

Implants can have a very natural appearance because the prosthetic tooth actually emerges from the jaw. Other tooth replacement treatments try to create this illusion, but an implant is actually anchored to the jaw bone just like a real tooth. Implants are the closest possible replacement to your natural teeth.

No special process is needed to place a dental implant. The work is done using a local anesthetic just like any other dental procedure.

The Disadvantages:

A dental implant requires a healing time of 3 to 4 months before the crown can by placed on it to recreate the tooth surface. During this healing period you can choose from many temporary tooth replacement appliances to continue your normal daily activities.

The Alternatives:

Dental bridges or dentures are common alternatives. Dentures are always the least desirable alternative.

DENTAL IMPLANTS TO IMPROVE DENTURES

The Problem:

Dentures can be prone to problems such as problems with chewing, coming loose, or even falling out.

The Solution:

A dental implant is an artificial root replacement made of Titanium. It is placed into the jaw where the normal root of a tooth would exist. A denture can securely attach to a dental implant to provide improved stability, retention and chewing efficiency.

The Advantages:

Dental implants can be immediately placed and anchored to dentures in one visit. Your denture will attach to dental implants that will hold your denture in place. Normally, a denture sits on bouncy and moveable gum tissue. By placing implants and using them as anchors to your jaw, you will experience more control and stability of your dentures.

The Disadvantages:

Dental implants may require a healing time of 3 to 4 months. During the healing period your current denture will be adjusted to accommodate the dental implants. A new set of dentures may also be necessary, especially if your dentures are older.

The Alternatives:

To increase the stability of dentures, dental implants are the best alternative, though a better fitting denture may provide improvement. Dentures should be replaced every 5 years because the gums and bone supporting the denture change over time. You should not use denture adhesive to support your dentures.



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