Dental Implants: Restoring Function & Aesthetics

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Missing teeth can become a real problem and you shouldn’t let too much time pass after the extraction/loss of a tooth because the jaw bone can lose its density.

When there is not enough jaw bone mass available, a dentist cannot place a dental implant without a painful (and costly) bone graft being needed. Dental implants are typically the best restoration option for missing teeth, from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Though they are more expensive than dental crowns, it is usually worth the difference. Always discuss your options with your dental professional.

Dental Implants are a Stable Restoration Option

Dentures and some dental bridges can slip and move causing discomforting and keep you from enjoying your meals, or from smiling without the worry that your dentures might slip out of your mouth.

Dental implants replicate the root and crown of natural tooth and are extremely stable. Because they are set into your bone, a dental implant does not move from its place, or slip while you are chewing food.

Dental Implants Help Preserve Bone

When you lose an entire tooth, usually the best replacement option is a dental implant. Dental implants help keep the jaw bone from deteriorating, and provide you with a strong and healthy tooth replacement structure.

Most dental implants are made of medical titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw bone that then fuse with your biologic bone within a short time (a few weeks).

The crown (what we commonly call the tooth) can be made porcelain, dental composites, or many other materials and will look perfectly natural both in consistency and color. Crowns are always custom designed (by shape, color and texture) for each and every patient helping recreate a natural and beautiful set of teeth.

Dental Implants as a Replacement for Ill Fitting Dentures

Nowadays, dental implants are also used to stabilize dentures which are sometimes loose within a patient’s mouth. Dental implants are used as the main anchor points for the denture, keeping them positioned and stabilized perfectly.

This allows the patient to speak, eat and chew properly without worrying that their dentures may slip or move within their mouth.

With dental implant anchored dentures, patients often experience less irritation and swelling of the gums, and a reduction in other such side effects generally associated with the wearing of regular dentures.

Regular Checkups are Extremely Important

If you have dental implants, or dental implant anchored dentures, it is extremely important to have regular checkups. Your dentist will make sure that the, implants and restored dental crowns are properly in place and have not become loose. Additionally, your dentist will examine your bite looking for occlusion or other issues, ensuring that you can eat and speak naturally without being hindered by complications due to ill-fitting or loose dentures.

Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 7, 2013

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