Dental Implants: Your Best Solution For Tooth Loss Part II
Welcome back to the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog!
Our team strives to offer comprehensive oral health care to the families of Oregon City, and attempts to educate you about healthy habits, modern dentistry trends, and the pros and cons of various dental solutions.
We are here for you, regardless of age, whether you need general preventative care or more extensive procedures like dental implants, which, as it happens, was the topic of our last blog post.
Last time, as you might recall, we started discussing treatment options in the event that you encounter tooth loss as an adult.
Many folks don’t realize how common tooth loss is in this country (often as the result of advanced gum disease).
Obviously, losing a tooth is bad enough, but, as we discussed, it can set off a chain of negative events in your mouth if left untreated.
We established that dental implants, which can be done right here in our office, are far superior to the more conventional options like dentures and bridges.
It’s not that conventional measures didn’t work. It’s just that we can do better now.
But we didn’t get into the meat of why that is so, or what implants really entail. Which is why we are continuing the conversation today.
Dentures are a type of prosthetic designed to fit in only your mouth. For years, this was the most popular method of correcting tooth loss.
They work by “gripping” their position through interaction with your gums and certain teeth that remain.
The inherent problem with that technique is that your mouth, like the rest of your body, continues to undergo changes even after you are all grown up.
If the shape of your mouth shifts (because of weight loss, for example), then your dentures won’t be able to properly grip.
In our last post, we talked about how ill-fitting dentures can make awkward noises when you are speaking or chewing, or even jump out of your mouth when least expected.
But that’s not the worst of it!
Loose dentures will continually rub up against your teeth and gums, creating nasty sores that serve as portals for bacteria and infections.
There’s no way around it, dentures that have lost their fit will eventually have to be replaced, adding unanticipated costs to your treatment.
Honestly, even when they are fitting as they should, dentures don’t feel all that comfortable or natural in your mouth.
Should We Burn That Bridge?
Now that you see how dentures worked (or didn’t always work), you might be asking yourself about bridges.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing tooth, and work by supporting artificial teeth on a pair of dental crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap left by the lost tooth or teeth.
You don’t really have to worry about dental bridges flopping around like dentures, but they can cause infections in your teeth and contribute to enamel loss.
What’s more, they typically have to be reconstructed every 5 years or so.
Are Implants The Best Solution For Me?
We will need to evaluate your individual case. However, if you are in good health overall and have enough jawbone density to support implants, you would probably be a good candidate for dental implants.
And what exactly do implants entail?
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, our dental implants are made from titanium rods.
We use titanium because that is a metal which, after we insert it into your mouth, will naturally fuse to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration.
Yes, we know, that is a mouthful to say!
When the titanium implant rod that we have placed has sufficiently fused to your jawbone (it typically takes 3-4 months), we can then restore the dental implant with a crown, or depending on your case, a denture, or bridge, and you will be good to go.
As we mentioned last time, the big deal about implants is that they feel and look natural in your mouth once treatment is complete.
Moreover, they give you back 100% of your bite strength, and your ability to speak in a way that people can understand you.
They present no risk of infection, and are built to last a lifetime without getting refitted.
An added benefit is that our team has completed the necessary hours of continuing dental education to be able to place and restore dental implants onsite for your convenience.
Implant A New Smile Today
We truly believe that dental implants are the best value for replacing missing teeth.
If you want to learn more, contact Oregon City Family Dentistry Today to set up your consultation.
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