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Dental Implants or Dentures


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Rendering of jaw with dental implant. Tooth restoration happens in several ways and procedures. One of these procedures is dental implants. Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal posts. These metal posts are screwlike and replace the damaged tooth more often with an artificial tooth (if the tooth is missing). The dental implant is designed to look and function more like the natural set of teeth. Dental implants offer an option where there are no natural tooth roots.

How it is done


How the implant surgery is done, depends on the type of condition and the implant needed. Moreover, the condition of the jawbone is considered. The procedure involves several procedures, and the main benefit is that it offers solid support for your new teeth. That requires the bone to stick tightly around the implant for firmness, it requires time and can take months.

Dentures


These are replacements for a missing tooth. There are two types of dentures, partial and complete. Complete dentures are mostly used if all the teeth are missing while a partial denture is used if some of the natural teeth remain.

Going into detail, complete dentures can be conventional or immediate. They are made after tooth extraction after the gum heals. Conventional dentures are ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the tooth extraction. Immediate dentures on the other hand are made in advance and positioned soon after the extraction. In this way, the patient does not have to stay without teeth during the healing period.

However, the gums and bones are known to shrink during the healing process. Therefore, the major disadvantage of immediate dentures as compared to conventional dentures is that they require adjustments to fit perfectly during healing. Immediate dentures are temporary until the conventional dentures are ready.

Partial dentures on the other hand are removable and consist of a replacement tooth that is attached to a pink-colored gum or a plastic base. This gum connects to a metal framework that holds the dentures into place. For more information about the choice and type of dentures to use on your mouth, contact us today. Our dentists will guide you to the right option.




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