Can You Have All Your Teeth Replaced by Implants?
The treatment of choice for complete tooth loss on one or more jaws has traditionally been dentures. But more recently, patients have begun realizing the benefits of dental implants to treat complete tooth loss.
Individual dental implants can be used to replace each tooth, or, as is more commonly done, two or more dental implants can be placed to support a bridge or dentures spanning the entire upper or lower arch. Either way, here is an overview of what you can expect of the dental implants procedure.
• The implants are first placed into the jawbone, where they will become fused with the bone over a period of several weeks.
• An abutment is attached to each implant and protrudes through the gumline. These abutments are placed either during the initial placement of the implants or at a subsequent appointment.
• After the implant fuses with the bone and the gum tissue heals around the abutments, the false teeth are attached to the end of the abutments. Depending on the treatment plan, these teeth can be individual crowns, a bridge or dentures.
Complete tooth loss ordinarily leads to deterioration of the jawbone, which, besides impacting your oral health, can have negative effects on your smile and your self-esteem. But dental implants actually prevent the bone loss that is normally associated with complete tooth loss, preserving the health of your mouth, as well as your confidence.
Though losing all of your teeth on one or both arches can be a traumatic experience, thanks to dental implants, your quality-of-life does not have to suffer. Contact our office to find out if dental implants are right for you.
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