Dental Implants & Dentures

It feels great to smile with confidence!

Dental Implants

An enhanced smile, with a more youthful appearance!

Replicating the natural function and appearance of lost teeth can be very difficult to accomplish. Historically, dentures or bridge restorations would be used as replacements, but with limited results. Dental implants are natural-looking replacements that provide the same function as your natural tooth root.

A More Natural Approach

A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that can be placed into the upper or lower jaw bone with great clinical success. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can be use to hold a crown, bridge or even help support a loose denture. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. A single tooth or a full arch of teeth can be replaced with dental implants. There are many reasons you may want to consider dental implants including:

  • To replace one or more teeth
  • To increase the support and stability of a full upper or lower denture
  • To enhance chewing comfort
  • To achieve a more youthful appearance
  • To increase your confidence while smiling, talking and eating

Implant-Supported Dentures

Many people with missing teeth wear conventional upper or lower dentures. Lower dentures often present problems. The fit can become loose due to shrinking gum tissue. This can cause irritation to the mouth resulting in sores and pain. A loose fitting lower denture can also restrict the ability to eat or talk properly. Sometimes, the only relief is in using messy dental adhesives to improve the fit.

Upper dentures are a bit different. They are easier to wear because the suction created by covering the upper palate (roof of the mouth) helps keep the denture in place. However, having the palate covered can also reduce the taste of foods that you are eating.

As our life span has been increasing, the need for some type of highly functional dental replacement system has become increasingly important. With the introduction of dental implants, the need to suffer with uncomfortable dentures has been eliminated. The addition of dental implants in the lower jaw can make it possible to retain a lower denture securely so that you can regain your ability to bite, chew, and smile with confidence. On the upper, the addition of dental implants can remove the need to cover the palate with a denture. This will allow you to enjoy the full taste of the foods that you like.

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