No one wants to live with missing teeth. They make for an unsightly smile, and they can prevent you from eating the foods you love. If you are looking for a solution to missing teeth, dental implants can restore your appearance as well as the functionality of your teeth.
Not all that long ago, the only solutions for missing teeth were dentures oral bridgework. For some patients, they are still the best solution. Certain medical issues, although rare, can prevent some people from being good candidates for implants. But, if your oral health is good and your underlying bone structure is in satisfactory shape, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Even if your underlying bone structure is not perfect, you may still be a candidate for implants. Talk with your dentist about bone grafting, which is a procedure of harvesting bone from other areas to build up your jaw.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jaw to replace the original tooth roots. They support artificial teeth that work just as well as your natural teeth. At Twin Cities Modern Dentistry in Eden Prairie, we prefer the All-on-4 dental implants.
Implants are indistinguishable, in terms of both function and appearance, from your natural teeth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you might require just a single implant, or you could need several. The reason we recommend All-on-4 implants is that it doesn’t matter how many teeth need to be replaced, you require only 4 implants on either jaw in order to anchor a full set of prosthetic teeth. With traditional implants, you could need six, eight, or even more. That means that with All-on-4, you save money, and you require less surgery so the healing process is faster.
Dental implants not only improve your appearance, they stop one of the most distressing side effects of missing teeth, which is bone loss in your jaw. It is bone loss that causes your face to sag, making you look old before your time. Dental implants will never slip, even when you are eating steak, apples, corn on the cob or sticky candies, all of which have been known to cause problems for denture wearers. Additionally, because your implants are permanently anchored, they cannot be misplaced like dentures or removable bridges.
Dental implants are installed under local anesthetic, so even though it is a surgical procedure, you will feel no pain. Once your implants are installed, your jaw will need time to heal and to accept the implants as a natural component of your mouth. You won’t have to worry about an unsightly smile or loss of functionality while you are waiting for the healing to take place, because your dentist will provide you with temporary dentures that get you over the healing period. Once the healing is completed, you will come in to the office to have your prosthetic teeth, in the form of crowns or an overdenture, installed.
Dental implants are just like your natural teeth in terms of the care they will require. Brush and floss the way you normally do, and make sure to book appointments with your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings. Although the crowns will not decay, the implants themselves (the titanium screws) could become compromised if your gum tissue shrinks due to periodontal disease. Properly cared for, your implants can last a lifetime.
Don’t live with missing teeth. Contact Twin Cities Modern Dentistry in Eden Prairie today at 952-941-9829 to talk about the benefits of dental implants. If you have any questions, read through our facts about dental implants.