The reasons for selecting dental implants vary from person to person. However, we ultimately want to enjoy our meals with family and friends, pain free with a beautiful, confident, proud smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are threaded into the underlying bones beneath the gumline. This procedure sounds painful? However, were you aware that there are no nerves in bone? The gum tissue is always regenerating fresh cells and begins to heal promptly. Within 7-10 days, fresh gum tissue is regenerated and dental implants integrate into the bone. Depending upon the implant type you select and the number of implants you have placed, your healing time will vary. That doesn’t mean that you have to go without your partial or complete denture. It only means that we don’t place the finishing components inside your denture until the bone around the implant has healed and the implant is well integrated.
Every natural tooth has a periodontal ligament attached. These ligaments send signals to the brain to keep producing fresh bone cells while we function and place stress on our teeth. When we are missing our teeth, no longer is that stimulus sent to the brain to keep producing bone cells. Our bodies response is to actually atrophy or shrink in size where there are missing teeth. As a result, adjacent teeth that once previously had a tooth next to it, show gum recession from the bone shrinking in that area. In our mouths, as a result of the gum recession, root exposure and bone loss, your tooth or teeth become compromised and potentially fail from lacking the necessary support.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants can be placed around missing teeth and crowns. Partial dentures can be made to fit onto the dental implant attachments to add the support necessary. Since the dental implants are placed into the bone, while we create new crowns, partials or complete dentures to fit the implants, bone mass actually begins to once again produce those fantastic bone cells which will no longer atrophy.
If you are missing all of your teeth on one arch or both, you can once again regain that confidence and ability to function much the same as you did with your natural teeth. On the upper ridge, if four implants are placed into the bone, we can cut the denture back into a horseshoe shape so once again you will be able to feel your palate. No more gagging on the upper dentures if you suffer from this.
The problematic lower denture that commonly use to move, float and collect food particles beneath it, can now be made to actually snap onto attachments. It can be made to be removable by you or it can be fixed onto the implant attachments only to be removed by a dental professional.
The Positive Impact of Dental Implants
The stabilization of your dentures changes so many things biomechanically. Your ability to chew becomes more efficient as you now have more power behind every bite. The muscles become stronger thus making chewing far more efficient and easier. You can now eat raw garden fresh vegetables and lean meats that you became accustomed to avoiding with conventional dentures. When you eat better, you feel better! When you become more active it inspires you to socialize more with family and friends therefore improving your quality of life. You are worth it! We are only given one chance on this earth – let’s make the most of it.