Everyone needs healthy teeth that work as nature intended for a high quality of life and overall good health. If you have dentures, you know how important healthy teeth are. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we can help with any denture issues you might be having.
Dentures are obviously preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not issue free. Your mouth works all day long – and dentures can sometimes get in the way.
Dentures can make it difficult to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.
Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are very versatile and can be a tailor-made replacement for dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a substantial base for an over denture.
Here is the process for implants:
1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, our team will take x-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will discuss options with you and design a treatment plan.
2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to create an extremely substantial foundation for the last restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.
4. Final Restoration
Whether your final step is a crown, bridge, or denture, we will work with the lab to manufacture a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from original teeth.
Dental implant patients of all ages are delighted with the better quality of life implants provide.
Take the first step and schedule a tooth implant consultation. This is necessary for making an informed decision about dental treatment.
At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer a full menu of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us today for an implant consultation.
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