Dentures to Implant Bridge
Dentures have long been to the solution for replacing missing teeth. These removable restorations consist of an acrylic base and acrylic resin teeth. The dentures of today are made to be much more natural in appearance. While more natural, they still have several significant disadvantages. Today, dental implants provide an alternative to traditional dentures. If you currently wear dentures, but would like to make the switch to dental implants, Beyond Dental and Implant Center can help.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. They consist of three components.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many significant benefits associated with dental implants:
The Effects of Bone Loss and Dental Implants
One of the biggest drawbacks to dentures is that it does not stop bone loss in your jaw. In fact, dentures, particularly ones that do not fit properly, can encourage faster bone loss. This causes your jaw to weaken, which changes the shape of your jawbone as well as distorts facial features. As your jaw changes, your dentures need to be periodically replaced.
Dental implants stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. However, for implants to be placed, there needs to be enough bone mass remaining in your jaw. Without enough bone mass, your implants may be loose or may fail altogether. If you have suffered too much bone loss before the decision to make the switch to implants, we may need to perform a bone graft first. This procedure restores strength and shape to your jaw, improving the success rate of dental implants.
Replacing Dentures with Dental Implants
Unlike dentures, getting dental implants requires surgery. Surgery is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided if necessary. Surgery begins with incisions in your jaw, exposing the bone underneath. Next, holes are drilled into your jawbone, and the posts are placed inside. We suture your gums closed and place temporary teeth.
Healing from surgery varies from patient to patient, and it can take several weeks to several months to complete. During this time, several follow-ups help to ensure that you are healing properly and there are no complications. Once you have fully healed, we then begin the process of creating and placing your final restorations. With successful treatment, your implants are designed to provide a long-term solution. With proper care, they can even last a lifetime.
Dental implants provide several significant advantages over traditional dentures. If you want to trade in your dentures for dental implants, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center at (972) 591-7520 today to schedule your consultation.
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