Full dental implants are designed to replace all the teeth in one or both jaws. Losing all your teeth significantly affects oral function, social interactions, and self-confidence. Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for decades, but while dentures replace the look and some of the function of natural teeth, they fail to reproduce the feel of natural teeth. Our dentist uses dental implants stabilize dentures with the security and confidence of natural teeth.
You may be a candidate for full dental implants if you have lost the teeth in an arch or both arches, and you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental surgery. For the best results, your jawbone should be of adequate quality and quantity to support the implants. If it is not, our dentist may recommend bone grafts, which can regenerate or augment the bone tissue at the implant site. While implants can take longer to complete than other types of restorations, they can restore full function and aesthetics to your smile, offering you a healthy, long-lasting alternative to a damaged, diseased smile.
Implants are placed during a surgical procedure. The gum tissue is opened, and the bone is prepared to receive the implant. The titanium implant device is implanted into the bone, where it will fuse with the living tissue. Each time you bite or chew with your new full dental implants, your jawbone will be stimulated. This keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong, which in turn keeps your whole face looking more youthful. The implants can be used to support a denture. Unlike dentures that are supported solely by gums, implant-supported dentures do not shift or pinch. They remain firmly in place, allowing you to eat whatever you like, speak clearly, and laugh loudly, all with confidence.
Preventive dentistry is helping more people keep their teeth longer than ever before, but complete tooth loss still affects a large percentage of American adults. If you have lost your teeth, full dental implants can be a great option that restores your smile, self-esteem, and confidence. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.