If you’re living with missing teeth or floppy dentures, chances are you’ve dreamed about ways to have permanent teeth that will function and look like natural teeth. Your Oregon City dentists can give you dental implants to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth or to secure your dentures.
Dentists across the country have been placing dental implants for decades, and now implants are the leading option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants, which are restored by crowns, bridges, or dentures, are so strong that they nearly replicate the function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are about much more than function; however, studies have shown that dental implants can actually add as much as 10 years to your life! Removable dentures simply do not give patients the biting force they need to properly digest their food; therefore, wearing non-fixed dentures actually can lower your life expectancy.
Dr. Annalisa Smith has completed hours in continuing education to place and restore dental implants. Our dental implant patients must be in good health and have enough jawbone density to support the implants.
Dental implants are made from titanium rods. We use titanium because the metal naturally fuses to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This process takes about three to four months. When the implant has fused to your jawbone, we then restore the dental implant with a crown, denture, or bridge.
We recommend that patients with missing teeth consider dental implants over leaving the problem exposed. You may think that a few gaps in your smile strictly create a cosmetic issue, but there is so much more at stake. When you lose teeth, the gaps can cause your teeth to shift, putting you at risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and alignment issues. Dr. Annalisa Smith can place single-tooth implants that will blend in with your natural smile and restore the function of your teeth. These implants will last for years, if not forever, if cared for properly.
Single-tooth implants are a great alternative to traditional bridges. Traditional bridges require us to prepare the adjacent teeth next to the gap – even if those teeth are 100 percent healthy and free of decay. Dental implants allow us to focus on the missing tooth and need no support from nearby teeth. For patients with three or more missing teeth in a row, we can use an implant-supported bridge. This specific type of bridge uses two dental implants restored with crowns to support the bridge.
One of our most popular dental implant options is placing implants to support dentures. There are millions of removable denture wearers across the country who have given up hope of ever eating the food they love. We can help you achieve that dream again!
When patients lose their teeth, one of the most common solutions is to have removable dentures crafted for both arches or certain areas of the mouth. Our office takes pride in creating beautiful dentures for patients that can give patients some of their biting force back. But the biggest challenge with removable dentures is that they are not fixed to the jaw and often change shape or slide around in the mouth. When people lose their natural teeth, they also lose the supporting jawbone. The jawbone can recede as quickly as 18 months after the natural teeth are gone. A receding jawbone changes the shape of your face, adds wrinkles, and robs you of your youthful appearance. The change also makes it harder to find a good fit for removable dentures.
We can give patients that extra support and preserve the jawbone using dental implants. Because our dental implants fuse to the jawbone, they help preserve the jawbone and anchor in dentures permanently.
All on 4 and All on 6 Dental Implants
In addition to stabilizing dentures with dental implants, we use a special type of dental implant system to replace full arches of missing teeth: All on 4 and All on 6 dental implants. These two systems are specially designed to support full arches of permanent teeth, but they are different than traditional dentures.
We place a series of dental implants around the arches, but add two implants placed diagonally in the back of the mouth to offer optimal support. The real benefit of All on 4 or All on 6 dental implants, in addition to the support, is that the permanent teeth are designed to leave your palate open. By leaving the palate open, you can have your teeth and your taste back.
Once you have permanent teeth secured by dental implants, here are a few things you can put in the past:
● No more worrying about dentures dislodging when you chew or laugh
● No more using thick and pasty adhesives
● No more wrinkles around your mouth or sunken appearance due to jawbone and muscle loss
● No more sores or lesions from ill-fitting dentures
● No more lack of confidence
● No more avoiding the food you love to eat
By placing dental implants that anchor your dentures, you will be back to eating your food with confidence. Never again will you have to worry about your dentures changing shape or warping over time.
We’ve seen dental implants absolutely change patients’ lives. Having missing teeth or floppy, unstable dentures can wreak havoc on your oral health. Call our office today at 503-656-8250 or use our online form to schedule your first appointment.
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