How to restore a perfect smile
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing implants can support a crown or bridge and can replace those teeth. Implants then function as normal teeth without concern for decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix a permanent, in place, full-mouth fixture.
Often the process of getting a dental restoration seems overwhelming, read on to get answers to important concerns.
How to get a bridge -vs- how to get an implant
Conventional Dental Bridge Placement requires modifying adjacent tooth
Getting fitted for a denture bridge requires the manual modification of the teeth on either side the bridge. This process significantly weakens adjacent teeth. In order to fit a conventional bridge the structure of the existing teeth has to be ground down to support the false bridge. This practice weakens adjacent teeth. Dental implants do not affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all, in fact implants support the health of surrounding teeth.
Once established, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.
Some problems with conventional bridges
• Since they are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out
• Cracks and fissures form over time, due to normal wear and tear, causing them to become fragile and prone to breakage
• Surrounding soft tissue, and often bone, recedes leaving less support to adjacent teeth
• Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding sensitive tissue in the mouth
No such problems with implants
Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:
• Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant
• Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service, providing decades of use with few, if any complications
• Comfortable fit and durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums
• Dental Implants look as natural as real teeth, support the health of surrounding teeth and don’t adversely effect other physiological systems.
Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle without the restrictions many denture wearers face. Ultimately, not worrying about dentures becoming loose or falling out when speaking or eating offers a freedom that simply makes sense. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant improves biting pressure, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to using a dental prosthetic. With improved chewing ability it is more likely for a person to have a better diet and therefore improved overall healthfulness.
Contact our office to come in and discuss your restoration options today.
Marilyn K Jones DDS
Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 785-7767