Are you missing a tooth? Or several? Do you have dentures that make you feel embarrassed and unattractive? For years, dentures or bridges were the only solution to missing teeth – unless of course, one wanted to go toothless – but they were problematic. They could slip; come loose or make odd, clacking sounds while talking or laughing; look artificial; make eating difficult; make smiling an embarrassment; age the wearer and worst of all cause the jawbone to wear and whither away.
It was so discouraging, that many people with dentures or bridges felt that the spice had gone out of life.
Then health experts found a solution. Dental implants. They offer security, comfort and natural looking teeth that don’t have to soak in a bedside glass every night.
Designed as a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function naturally, dental implants replace both the tooth and the root. Implants are actually small titanium posts placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure and prevent bone deterioration.
As techniques and materials improve, more and more people are able to benefit from dental implants. With them, patients are rediscovering the freedom, comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. And now, thanks to advanced technology, implant placement doesn’t have to be a painful, drawn out procedure. Some dentists such as Houston’s Dr. Randy Mitchmore use guided dental surgery based on three-dimensional scans to measure and place dental implants for both speed and accuracy of placement. Using this technology, Dr. Mitchmore can get 3D digital images of the jaw, and with those images, create a replica of your mouth. This enables Dr. Mitchmore to see the precise measurements and placement of the implant.
While implants are typically used to replace a number of missing teeth, there are other ways implants are being utilized to help those who either can’t support more than a few implants or don’t need them – all with unique benefits.
Single Tooth Implants: If you have lost a single tooth because of a traumatic injury, congenital anomaly or advanced decay, a dental implant is the most comfortable and convenient solution available. Though a removable partial denture is one option for the replacement of a single tooth, most patients find this alternative bulky and unsightly. Replacing a single tooth with implants looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth, so you can get back to life!
Implant Supports for Better Fitting Dentures and Bridges: Implants are also a great solution for anyone with ill-fitting or uncomfortable dentures or partials. Implants can act as a base to hold specially designed dentures. Instead of resting on the gums which can cause chafing, discomfort and a constant feeling of insecurity, implant supported dentures are snapped in place and rest on the implants. These dentures look and feel more natural in part because they do not cover the roof of your mouth. They also give wearers a greater sense of security – your dentures will never fall out or come loose while you are eating, laughing or speaking.
For more information about implants and how they can help you, call 713-592-9300 or visit www.lifesmiles.us.