Replacing All Teeth with Dental Implants
Have you lost all of your teeth? If so, you may assume that dentures are your only option. Not necessarily. Many patients suffering from complete tooth loss benefit from the placement of dental implants.
When a patient has lost all of the teeth on one or both arches, there are two options for placing dental implants. A single dental implant can be placed for each individual tooth, or, as is more commonly done, several implants can be strategically placed around an arch to support a bridge or removable dentures.
Treatment is normally completed over several appointments, spanning up to nine months.
1. First, you will meet with the dentist to discuss your treatment options. A complete medical history will be taken, as well as an oral exam and x-rays.
2. Next, the implants will be surgically inserted into your jawbone, where they will fuse with the bone over several months. Temporary teeth may be placed while the implants heal.
3. Once the implants have fused with the bone, abutments will be placed to allow replacement teeth to be attached. Occasionally, this can be done at the same time as the implant placement.
4. Once all healing has taken place, replacement teeth are placed. These may be in the form of individual crowns, or more often, a fixed bridge or removable dentures that snap onto the implants.
Dental implants are life changing for someone who has lost all of their teeth. Denture wearers have many food restrictions, and live in fear that their dentures might move or fall out. Not so with implants, which allow you to speak and laugh normally, and eat all the foods you enjoyed before, knowing that your new teeth are not going anywhere.
For more information on how dental implants can change your life, schedule a consultation with our expert in dental implants in Northridge today.
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