At the Louisiana Center for Restorative Dentistry, we understand just how difficult it can be to decide which approach you should use when you are trying to replace all of your teeth. Many patients simply choose dentures because they are familiar, but with some great advances in modern dentistry, there are some other great options that you may want to consider. One of the options that offer the best in fit, care, and look are Implant-supported dentures. These pieces of dental hardware are securely anchored into your mouth and look, feel, and act just like your natural teeth. In fact, you still brush them just like your natural teeth! If you are considering tooth replacement options, contact The Louisiana Center for Restorative Dentistry today and schedule your consultation. Our talented staff can help ensure that we find the best treatment option for your life.
Many other tooth replacement options do not do anything to mimic the entire structure of the tooth. In history, many dentists felt like the most important part of the tooth was just the function of the tooth, so bridges and dentures were all that they worried about. As long as it looked like you had all of your teeth everything was okay, and it was even better if that false tooth could be used to chew some food too. However, dentists have found that the roots of a tooth play a much more significant role than simply holding that tooth in place.
The specific placement of our teeth provides support for the neighboring teeth so that they do not wander or shift into each other regularly. Instead, teeth in proper alignment tend to stay in proper alignment. Additionally, when we lose the roots of our permanent teeth, the body no longer needs to support the bone that held that tooth in place. This causes the process of resorption to begin, and the body starts to remove the bone in the area that once surrounded the roots of that tooth. As this process progresses, the jaw loses bone density and volume. This can affect the ability of your other teeth to stay in place. In extreme cases, resorption can even alter your facial appearance.
Dental implants are two-piece designs that mimic both the roots and crown of the tooth. The first part of an implant is called a post and is made with a specially coated titanium and looks like a tiny screw. This is inserted into the bone underneath the gums and the body incorporates it as part of the natural bone and structure of the jaw. A crown is attached to the top of the post. The crown looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth. When a single post and crown is used, that is called a single implant. However, if you are looking to replace an entire row of teeth, we may suggest an implant-supported denture.
Implant-supported dentures utilize a series of posts that are placed strategically throughout the entire arch of teeth. Then a specially designed crown is shipped from a dental laboratory. The crown will have been created to specifically fit your mouth perfectly on the posts. This approach offers better stability, easier care, and improved function over traditional dentures.
One of the most attractive features of implant-supported dentures is that you never have to worry about them slipping out during a meal, or when talking with an old friend.
If you are considering your options to replace your permanent teeth, contact The Louisiana Center for Restorative Dentistry. Our experienced staff can review your case and help to recommend a wide range of potential options to meet your dental needs.