Implants

Implants have become the optimal treatment in most situations to replace either single or multiple missing teeth. They also provide a functional and aesthetic solution to people who have problems with crown and bridges and loose or painful dentures. The loss of a tooth results in possible movement of other teeth affecting the bite and muscle function. You will also experience a loss of bone in the area of an extraction. An important benefit in the placement of an implant is that it will prevent this loss of bone. One advantage of implants is that the healthy adjacent teeth are not involved. Implant treatment involves 2 stages:

  • Surgically placing a titanium fixture in the correct position in the jaw. We then wait for the bone to integrate with the implant in order to provide a fixed support for the crown. Once integration is successful, which generally takes about 3 months, then the second stage can occur.
  • The second stage involves placing a crown on the implant. Implants can also be used to help in the retention of dentures in patients missing all their teeth. They will enable better function and more confidence in the denture.

Dentures

Dentures are certainly still a cost effective treatment in many cases. They can be aesthetically pleasing, maintain the stability of the mouth and improve chewing function. Dentures can be partial, replacing several missing teeth, or complete, replacing all the teeth. Partial dentures can be made on a chrome cobalt framework with improved fit. An acrylic resin is the material mostly used in denture fabrication. It allows for easy adjustments and reparability. Satisfaction with a denture is variable. Patients with complete dentures may require the use of implants to improve the stability.

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