If you have slipping dentures and are tired of being self-conscious about the thought of losing them at an inopportune moment, a fixed full arch might be the solution for you. Dental implants are placed to allow you to receive "teeth in a day". This is done by strategically placing implants along the upper and lower jaw and attaching a denture-like prosthesis over abutments on the implant posts. Once placed, a full arch of teeth utilizes the implants to secure them permanently into place and will feel and perform like natural teeth. You will be able to chew with confidence and never have to worry again about losing your dentures.
An implant is a titanium "root" which can be placed into the jawbone. Once integrated with your bone, the implant can be used to support a crown, a bridge, or secure a complete denture. Dental implants may be used to eliminate partial plates and dentures. Implants have been used successfully for over thirty years, have a high success rate and function and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant treatment represents a slightly greater investment than conventional treatment; however, the benefits of implant therapy for most patients outweigh the minor additional cost involved.
In many situations it is possible to remove the diseased and/or loose teeth and replace them with dental implants at the same time. In almost all situations simultaneous bone grafting is completed. This method of treatment reduces the number of surgical visits. It also speeds up the entire process enabling the implants to be ready to receive (caps/crowns) more quickly.
This prosthesis is used in special situations for patients who have enough bone in the anterior regions of the lower or upper jaws, but limited amount of bone in the posterior regions and are not candidates for extensive bone grafting.
Before making the decision in going the implant route, ask yourself if there is another option. There are many different implant alternatives.
The different alternative options to implants that other dentists may provide are:
- Tooth Supported Bridge
- Removable Partial Denture
- No Treatment