Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are important in order to have a high quality of life. If you have dentures, that’s difficult. At Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, we can help.
There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not trouble free. Your mouth performs several basic functions, all of which can be inconvenienced by dentures.
Dentures can make it difficult to chew food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.
Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an very versatile custom-made substitute for dentures.
Dental implants can replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, assembling a tough base for an over denture.
Here is the process:
Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, our team will take x-rays and evaluate your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will evaluate options with you and together create a treatment plan.
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Our team at Hales Parker Dentistry has performed many implant placements with excellent results.
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to create an extremely heavy-duty foundation for the last restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.
Whether your concluding step is a crown, bridge, or denture, we will work with the lab to fabricate a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from initial teeth.
Dental implant patients of all ages are amazed with the better quality of life implants provide.
Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch is a quality oriented dental practice. Our services include general and family dentistry, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today. Let’s discuss implants!
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