The consequences of extensive tooth loss can be devastating. You may find it difficult if not impossible to eat a robust, balanced diet. You might shy away from social situations because of the way your mouth looks. You don’t have to live with the emotional and physical hardships of total tooth loss! Dental implants can rebuild your smile, restore your confidence, and help you enjoy your best life possible.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small cylinders, usually made of titanium, that serve to replace the roots of missing teeth. They bond with the jawbone, thus creating an extremely sturdy foundation for the artificial teeth that get attached to them.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Options with Dental Implants
During your dental implant consultation, your dentist will discuss all of your treatment options with you so you can choose the one that is best for your unique mouth. One of the following procedures may be right for you:
Brand New Smile
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive an entirely new set of teeth in just a single appointment! With our practice’s trademarked Brand New Smile system, we strategically place just a few implants throughout the jawbone. Then, we immediately place a set of temporary teeth on top of them. Later, after your mouth has had a chance to recover from the implant placement surgery, you’ll receive a permanent new set of teeth.
Some patients opt for a more traditional approach to dental implants. The entire process may take several months to a year, but it produces results that are beautiful, strong, and reliable. Implant-retained dentures may be either permanently attached to the implants, or they may be removable in nature. One of the primary advantages of removable implant-supported dentures is that they make it very easy for patients to clean the area around their implants.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement?
Some patients choose traditional dentures to replace their missing teeth. It’s true that modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever, but they still do not measure up to dental implants. Implants are superior because:
- Traditional dentures are not nearly as stable as implant-supported teeth.
- Regular dentures do not support jawbone health like dental implants do.
- A traditional denture may last for just 5 – 8 years before it needs to be replaced due to changes in the way it fits, whereas dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
Living with extensive tooth loss is not a burden you should have to bear. Why not talk to your implant dentist about full mouth reconstruction? You could have a lot of healthy, confident smiles in your future.
About the Author
Dr. Tim Stirneman is a dental implant specialist who has been helping patients to rebuild their lost smiles for many years. He works alongside Dr. Michelle Zmick, who also has extensive experience in dental implant techniques. If you would like to speak to Dr. Stirneman or Dr. Zmick about turning back the clock on your tooth loss, contact us at 847-854-7645.