Do your dentures slip and slide when you eat? Do you avoid meals at restaurants, because you fear an embarrassing episode? Are you missing one or more teeth, and you’d like the most lasting, nature-mimicking treatment available for replacement? Dental implants are a revolutionary prosthetic, in that each implant anchors into the jaw for optimal stability. With good oral health, implants can last a lifetime.
One missing tooth normally requires the placement of a crown and bridge to replace the tooth. We secure a bridge to two healthy teeth by way of placing dental crowns. This requires that we modify healthy tooth structure, and the procedure cannot be reversed. An implant, however, can be secured into the socket left empty by the lost tooth, so no healthy teeth are affected. The independently anchored implant holds a single replacement tooth securely. Two implants can hold a bridge in place, should you have a few missing teeth in a row.
Although one implant can hold one crown, four to six implants can secure a partial or full denture. We locate the premium areas of dense bone in the jaw to place the implants, so they create a solid, reliable foundation. Then, after four to six implants have been placed, we attach a full denture. Most often, implants stabilize lower dentures, because they tend to slip and move more than upper dentures. However, dentures can hold upper and/or lower dentures in place. With implant-retained dentures, the patient can eat whatever he likes, with full confidence that his denture will not slip out of place. The days of ill-fitting, loose dentures are over, and you’ll no longer need denture cream, either.
The Implant Procedure
At Docklands Dental Studio, we work with respected, local oral surgeons for the surgical placement of implant posts into the jaw. Our doctors oversee the case and provide the final prosthetic to the patient, then manage checkups, cleanings, and regular dental care. Expect one out-patient surgery for implant placement, then about three months later, a second surgery to reveal the implant heads from beneath the gums and attach abutments. You may wear a temporary crown or denture during the healing period.
Caring for Dental Implants
Generally, implants require no special care. Maintain good oral health, brush twice and floss once a day. If your denture is removable, follow denture care and cleaning instructions. Attend checkups and cleanings as often as advised by the dentist. If you notice any change in your oral health, be sure to schedule an appointment.
Schedule Your Consultation Now
Are you ready to explore what life would be like with implants? Our team is ready to answer all of your questions and help you decide on the most appropriate, effective tooth replacement option for your health and your lifestyle. Give us a call today, and reserve your dental implant consultation.