Dental Implants & Dentures
Dentures have been a reliable method for replacing up to an entire arch of missing teeth for many years. While they allow patients to chew food and live life comfortably, the modern advancements in today’s dentistry have led to even more successful and effective replacement options, such as denture appliances supported by dental implants.
At Chowchilla Dental, Dr. Mark L. Davis and his team happily provide traditional and implant-supported dentures throughout Madera County for restoring the beauty of your smile while allowing you to carry out normal biting and chewing.
The type of denture restoration you choose has a significant impact on both your oral and overall well-being. Contact us today to find out which option will best suit your smile!
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
The loss of even a single tooth can not only affect your oral and overall health, but tooth loss can also hinder your everyday way of life.
Effective chewing is the foundation for proper digestion. Being able to process your food completely goes a long way towards preserving your general well-being. But, when teeth are missing within the smile, there is no way to guarantee adequate digestion.
Unfortunately, the debilitating impacts of tooth loss do not stop there.
Neglected gaps within the smile lead to jawbone weakening. Your body recognizes the lack of stimulation provided by healthy tooth roots and causes resorption. This also affects neighboring teeth, as they make adjacent teeth shift towards the sites of the missing teeth, pulling them out of proper alignment.
As a result, natural facial features begin to move and sag. Not only will this cause a prematurely-aged appearance, but misalignment can lead to other oral health conditions such as decay forming around existing teeth. This, in turn, leads to healthy teeth becoming damaged and/or loose.
How Do You Fix Missing Teeth?
In today’s dentistry, there are several ways to replace missing teeth. Your dental professional may recommend to you one of the following:
Bridges- are devices that quite literally “bridge” the gap where your missing teeth used to be. These restorations are often attached to neighboring teeth for long-lasting support.
Dentures- are removable appliances that consist of numerous artificial teeth that are recommended for replacing many to up to an entire row of missing teeth. Full dentures mimic the look and function of a full set of teeth, while overdentures will fit over a few remaining teeth.
Dental Implants- can offer a sturdy, long-term solution for tooth replacement. Most choose to replace missing teeth with dental implants because they are the most like natural teeth and can last for many years, even decades with proper care.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of body-safe titanium posts used to serve as artificial tooth roots for replacing teeth lost due to trauma, extraction, or decay from severe gum disease. An implant is designed to look, feel, and function just as a natural tooth.
Implant posts are surgically and permanently placed into the jaw and can offer patients the benefit of a long-term tooth replacement primarily because of their ability to fuse with living tissue and bone. This process, called osseointegration, provides restored strength and durability to your jawbone.
The Implant Post
The implant post looks similar to a tiny screw. It is made up of titanium. The post is surgically placed in a carefully calculated location within your jawbone to replace the proper function of your tooth root. The implant post is not visible once it is placed, but it plays the most important function in the tooth implant.
The abutment is attached to the implant post once your post has healed and fused with the jawbone. An abutment is a small metal piece that connects the implant post to the tooth restoration. Your abutment will be shaped differently depending on which tooth restoration you choose with your dental professional.
The Tooth Restoration
The tooth restoration is the visible tooth, also known as the crown. Most commonly made of enamel-colored, porcelain materials, the crown is carefully shaped to mimic the color, look, and contours of your surrounding teeth. The tooth restoration is secured to the abutment.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement available. These titanium posts provide a wide variety of aesthetic, functional, and health benefits. Some of which include:
- Restored appearance of your smile
- Improved speaking and chewing
- Enhanced comfort
- Greater durability
- Increased self-esteem
- Improved long-lasting oral health
Part of the reason why dental implants are so popular is their versatility. The posts can be used as anchors for a multitude of restoration options, such as crowns, bridges, and full dentures.
When your dental restoration is affixed to dental implants, there is no need for adhesives, temporaries, or the worry of your appliance slipping or becoming dislodged.
What is the Best Type of Dental Implant?
The American Dental Association recognized that there are two types of dental implants. They are:
Endosteal implants- are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.
Subperiosteal implants- consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
Who is Candidate for Dental Implants?
An ideal candidate for dental implants one who is in good oral and overall health. Suitable jawbone volume is essential for the implant post to be supported properly. The best candidates must also have healthy gum tissues that are free of infection or disease.
Because dental implants are connected with the gums and underlying jawbone, your dental professional will work with you. They can not only determine if your oral health is in ideal standing for dental implants but will recommend possible treatments such as bone grafts to make implant placement an achievable reality.
What is a Bone Graft and Why is it Necessary?
If during your examination your jawbone is determined to be too soft or that there isn’t enough volume, a bone graft may be recommended to you to ensure implant placement is successful.
During the procedure, the oral surgeon will take a section of bone from another area of your body, or use a special bone grafting material, and graft it into your jawbone.
You will then have to wait, most likely several months, while the graft creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that the implant will be stable and secure.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure
Treatment typically begins with a thorough examination of your current dental health and jawbone density. Once your jawbone is strong enough, in-office digital imaging gathers an accurate map of your mouth for proper implant placement.
Once an oral surgeon has successfully placed your implants, a sufficient period of healing is needed for your implants to fuse properly with your jawbone. Because dental implants consist of bio-safe titanium posts, your natural tissue and bone bond with them. This process creates reliable artificial tooth roots for long-lasting stability of your affixed restoration.
Still Have Questions About Dental Implant Treatment? 7 Helpful Questions to Ask Dr. Davis!
When visiting Chowchilla Dental for your dental implant consolation, here are some viable questions to ask our doctor:
- Are dental implants painful?
- How long does it take to heal from dental implants?
- How much do dental implants cost?
- Are there any negative effects to dental implants?
- Do dental implants last forever?
- How many implant posts can you have?
- What are the chances of implant failure?
What are Dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic appliances designed to replace multiple to up to an entire dentition of missing teeth. While dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, the dentures in today’s dentistry are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
What are Dentures Made of?
The teeth of a denture are typically made from various types of resin, porcelain, or more recently, acrylic resin.
The framework of your dentures consists of a flexible, acrylic resin (nylon) polymer, which can be molded from chrome cobalt metal.
An impression of your gums is used to create a mold. This mold is then used as the basis of a wax model to which the teeth are added. The model is tested in your mouth to confirm it will be suitable in size and color, and for the formation of a plate that fits comfortably in the mouth.
Plates made from acrylic resin are compatible with dentures that require an artificial gum line because the material can be tinted to resemble the patient's natural gum color.
People typically get dentures because they have no or very few remaining natural teeth. More often then not, dentists will first extract badly damaged or weakened teeth and replace them with dentures.
What Are the Different Type of Dentures?
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for your smile.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture.
Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Traditional, Full Dentures
A conventional, full denture is placed in your mouth after remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, and your dentist may provide you with a temporary restoration.
Immediate Dentures or Overdentures
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted.
Overdentures are denture appliances supported by two to four implant posts and offer a more secure foundation for your restoration.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants.
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
Preserving Your Dentures
Always remove your dentures before sleeping to avoid damaging them, dislodging them, and to give your gums some time to relax. Submerge your dentures fully in warm, but not hot, water to keep them from drying out and becoming misshapen.
Only use denture soaking solution if your dentures do not have metal components as the solution can tarnish the metal.
Have More Questions About Dentures? 7 Essential Questions to Ask Dr. Davis!
- What is the average cost of dentures?
- How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
- How do you get used to wearing dentures?
- Will Insurance Cover Dentures?
- Will My New Dentures Hurt?
- Can You Sleep with Dentures?
- How long do dentures last?
Are You Ready to Achieve A New, Fully-Functional Smile? Contact Us Today!
Dr. Mark L. Davis and his team proudly offer dental implant and restoration treatment at our office. Don’t let the repercussions of tooth loss impact your smile, health, or life any longer; call us today for your consultation!