In the relatively recent past, dental implants have completely changed the way that dentists think about replacing teeth. But besides being a nearly ideal option for single tooth replacement (for all of the hockey players out there), implants have totally redefined the way we think about replacing multiple teeth, as well.
Traditionally, multiple teeth were replaced with either a partial or a complete denture. A removable partial denture typically has false teeth to fill in the gaps, as well as a metal framework that latches onto existing teeth for support and retention. Many times, the latches on this framework end up being visible in the smile, which some people do not like. Other times, there are not enough existing teeth to give stability to the partial denture and it ends up moving around a lot when talking or eating. Implants can solve both of these problems by giving the partial denture another anchor that is totally invisible when the appliance is in place. This anchor also stabilizes the denture, thus creating a more comfortable fit for the patient.
Another application in which implants are game-changers in dentistry is with the complete denture. This is because wearing dentures - especially lower dentures - can be an extremely frustrating experience. Sometimes it seems that they just do not get along well in people's mouths, no matter what we do, and we find ourselves fighting a losing battle, just trying to get them to stay in place.
Again, just as with partial dentures, implants can come to the rescue for people who deal with this problem. As anchors for the complete denture, implants are both invisible while wearing the denture and can provide for plenty of retention without having to resort to denture powders or pastes. Implants also provide stability, so loose dentures are no longer an issue. This can be a lifesaver when trying to eat or speak without the threat of your denture falling out!
Over time, a regular denture needs to be adjusted because it becomes loose. The denture's ill fit can be blamed on the recession of the supporting bone. This recession is inevitable if there are no tooth roots for the bone to stick around for. Implants are amazing in that they provide a framework in the gums that signals the bone to stay put.
So, whether it is a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth, dental implants could be the answer that you are looking for. For more information, you can talk to your dentist about this exciting treatment option.
Dr. Logan Hazard recently opened Heartwood Family Dental in Post Falls. At Heartwood, we offer free exams and X-rays for all new patients, treatment for the entire family, a wonderful team, and acceptance of all insurances in the area. Call Justine today at (208) 777-1542.