Implants are a way to permanently replace missing teeth or even all your teeth.
How do they work?
An implant consists of a new titanium root, a support section, and lastly a crown (that’s the part that looks like a tooth).
Four to six implant roots with their support sections can be used under a denture which then “snaps” into place. This increased stability makes eating a pleasure. The implant retained denture is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional denture. You will never use a denture adhesive again!
If you are missing a few teeth and are using a partial denture or are chewing “on one side of your mouth”, implants can be used to replace the missing teeth and restore full function. The main problem with the partial denture is the stress it puts on the remaining teeth to hold it in place. These teeth must support themselves AND hold the denture in place. The implants remove this stress and distribute the forces evenly between the natural teeth and the implants thus improving long term oral health.
With poor fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth and cause you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that the teeth might slip. You will have greater self-esteem and confidence in social situations.
Implants are very durable and with good care will last a lifetime. You simply brush and floss them the same way you care for your natural teeth.
The very best part about implants is the way my patients simply forget that they are in place. Since the root portion is anchored in the jaw bone they become part of you. They feel so natural, look great and work so well.