A missing tooth can be a food trap when eating or a distraction when you smile. Are you afraid to smile fully as it may show that missing tooth? Dr. Jordan and his staff would love to discuss replacing this tooth with a dental implant. During this consultation, we will review your medical and dental history, take any x-rays that we think are appropriate, and examine your mouth to determine whether a dental implant is the right option for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are posts made of titanium, which is one of the strongest metals on earth. This metal post is surgically placed into your jawbone. After the dental implant fuses with your jawbone over a period of 3-6 months, an artificial tooth is either cemented or screwed into the implant.
Does Getting a Dental Implant Hurt?
Everyone experiences pain differently, but most of our patients have told us that they have less pain from the appointment when the dental implant is placed than when the tooth was removed.
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Can Dental Implants Hold Dentures in Place?
Dentures that move around can lead to sore gums, decreased chewing ability, or, even worse, a denture falling out in public. When dentures are anchored to dental implants, most of these annoyances and embarrassing moments go away. Schedule your appointment today with Lone Oak Dental to discuss implant-retained dentures.
When you first meet us, we will examine your current dentures to see if the fit is adequate and to evaluate how much wear and tear they have been through. Sometimes we can use your old dentures, and in other cases, we will need to make new dentures. We will also take a panoramic x-ray, which looks at your jaw bones to determine where the implants can be placed.
How Many Implants Are Needed for Dentures?
Depending on your goals and the amount of bone available, two to four implants should be placed for each denture. Two implants will prevent a denture from moving around, while four implants will make a denture very secure with minimal movement.
Typically, two to four dental implants are placed in either the upper or lower arch. After a healing period of three to four months, the dentures will be attached to the implants, and the days of loose dentures should be over!
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants should be your first choice to replace those teeth. One of the greatest advantages about dental implants is that they can’t get cavities. The success rate for dental implants is around 95%, and we expect implants to last 20 or more years with home care and professional cleanings. Contact Dr. Jordan’s team today to talk about implants!