When implants are being considered, look at all possible scenarios for your particular situation.
A great point to remember is that dental implants preserve the jaw bone when placed. Reducing the wear of bone helps to maintain facial features and reduce painful mental nerve compression, as bone is lost and dentures apply pressure to a nerve in the mandible.When teeth are missing, they are normally replaced with partial dentures, porcelain bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
Dental implants are made of titanium, the same bio-compatible material that has been used for many years in hip and knee replacements.
Many people go for consultations when they have worn partial dentures and full dentures but want more stability to chew a wider variety of foods and to get rid of the unsightly clasps (wires that take away from their smile).
When considering bridgework, adjacent teeth to support the bridge have to be shaved down in order to make room for the metal substrate that supports the porcelain. The margins of the bridgework over time can leak due to the breakdown of the teeth that are supporting the bridge underneath. When the support starts to breakdown from tooth decay, we as dentists have to redo the bridgework. Removing the bridge is required in most instances to repair the decaying teeth.
When implants are placed, they do not connect to the natural teeth, but the porcelain and metal crowns are cemented or screwed onto titanium implants. Implants are precision made parts. I’ve witnessed first hand a factory that fabricates implants. The plant that I visited in Yorba Linda, CA, Nobel Biocare US, had robots creating the parts. Making notes as I toured the plant, it was observed state of the art technology was utilized in all phases of the fabrication process. Machinery in the plant was from all over the world. I saw within the same plant equipment and technology from Japan, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
What an inspiration to see the different technologies of other countries all working together in perfect harmony, producing precision titanium implants that would be delivered all over the world.
For the person who is wearing a full denture or a partial denture, it is a great day as a dentist, to be able to offer dental implants that will increase the ability of a patient to chew foods that they may not have been able to eat otherwise.
The next time you are in your dentist’s office, ask him/her how dental implants would fit into your treatment plan to replace your partial or full dentures. If you are considering bridgework due to missing teeth, find out if there is an option using dental implants that will keep your dentist from shaving down your adjacent teeth. Bridgework is and will continue to be a great way to restore your smile with maximum aesthetics.
When you think of restoring your smile today, ask your dentist about crowns, bridges, and the dental implant second opinion.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz