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Dental Implants: How They Can Improve Your Smile
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Dental Implants: How They Can Improve Your Smile

Dental ImplantsEveryone knows someone with dentures or replacement teeth, whether due to old age, trauma, or a degenerative disease. Those who have lost one or multiple teeth or general dental structure need a replacement solution to feel their best. Traditionally, this replacement solution has been in the form of dentures, both complete and partial.

Luckily, with the advances in dental medicine there is now a permanent, better alternative for dentures. Dental implants are the new way to replace teeth for people who need partial or full replacements. With the proper care, preparation and regular checkups, implants can last for over 15 years!

Types of Dental Implants and When They Help

There are two types of dental implants that your dentist can use. The first, and most common type is an endosteal implant, which is affixed to the bone under the teeth. Once it is in place, a replacement tooth is implanted on top of it. These teeth are similar to crowns, and are commonly used to replace bridges or dentures.

The second, less common type of implant is called subperiosteal. This implant is placed on top of the bone, rather than affixed like endosteal implants.

Reasons when dental implants may be a good solution are for those who need to:

  • Replace a single tooth
  • Replace several teeth
  • Replace all of your teeth

Depending on your need, the size and number of implants differ. These implants, combined with replacement teeth, can help restore your smile without the many hassles of dentures.

Dentures vs. Implants

Implants serve the same purpose as dentures, but they come without some of the hassles. For example, dentures don’t stay permanently in your mouth. While the paste can keep them in place, they require daily maintenance and can shift in your mouth. Implants are permanent and don’t move in your mouth. Additionally, you can clean around them and treat them like normal teeth.

Who is Eligible for Dental Implants and What can They Expect?

In most cases, if you can undergo moderate dental work, you can receive an implant. There are a few health related reasons that might prevent dental implants from working, but those cases are extremely rare. The best way to find out if you qualify as a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.

If your dentist determines you need an implant, the space in your mouth is opened, and the implant is affixed to the teeth under the gums. Once the implant is in place, a crown is fixed to it later. With proper care, such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, implants and implant-supported crowns can last you a lifetime.

As with many procedures, the more work you need, the more difficult it can be. Some dental implant procedures are fairly simple, others take longer, which can cost more and have a longer recovery time. For example, full, or almost full dentures take much longer than partials, and can require weeks of recovery time.

Dental implants are a marvel of modern medicine. They provide people with a new smile, a new life, and the confidence of strong teeth. If you have missing teeth or are thinking about how nice it would be to leave dentures behind, call us at Cardinal Family Dental today.