If you no longer have any of your natural teeth you will be pleased to hear that a whole new world of dentistry has opened up, and dental implants are leading the way! This advancement in dentistry has changed so many people's lives for the better!
All on 4 Same Day Implants
In some cases, particularly with older people, it becomes necessary to replace a full row, or even both rows, of teeth. In the past, the patient would have to wear dentures, limiting the type of food they can eat, and which often become loose over time, causing embarrassment and discomfort. The good news is that you can have a full bridge of teeth permanently attached to four implants mounted in the jaw. This can be done in just one visit! You'll walk into the clinic unhappy with your teeth, and will walk out with a brand new perfect smile and a happy future.
Implant supported dentures
Those who have worn a denture for a long time will tell you that over time the bone remodels and resorbs resulting in loose and uncomfortable dentures. When this happens, they are forced to grin and bear it using various denture adhesives. But now with the development of dental implant supported dentures those days can be left behind! A denture supported by dental implants will be far more stable, and long lasting, then a traditional removable denture. Dentures secured via implants are the ultimate solution, giving you the confidence to eat, smile and laugh. The teeth can be made of porcelain or acrylic. These teeth will look very natural and there are a wide range of shades available to choose from. Patients who have gone through this procedure will tell you that everyday tasks are much easier. They find speaking easier. They are not worried that their denture may fall out or become lost. Patients are excited that they can eat foods they have not been able to eat in years. Another big advantage is that the denture can be made much less bulky, resulting in a much more natural appearance. Implant supported removable dentures usually are fabricated for the lower jaw. This is because regular dentures tend to be less stable on the lower arch due to tongue and musculature present. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is much more stable and tolerable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. If the patient chooses they can receive a dental implant supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
An implant-supported bridge is very much similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is secured by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth, and then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
Dental implants provide several advantages. Not only do they look and function like natural teeth, they replace teeth without support from neighbouring natural teeth. In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. This is a major advantage in comparison to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, where gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect.
Implants are a great option for the long term as they are aesthetic, functional and comfortable.
Implants for single teeth
A single implant is a good option for the long term as it is more aesthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. As mentioned above, a fixed bridge is supported by other teeth, and requires the dentist to cut down (prepare) normal healthy teeth to support a cemented bridge. In this case, the jawbone can begin to resorb and, therefore, deteriorate. A dental implant, on the other hand, will be placed into the jawbone to serve as a root for the missing tooth. This can also help to preserve the bone.