October 12, 2018
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Teeth Or Dental Implants?

Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
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July 10, 2018

Advances in modern dental technology have increased dentists’ choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth, retaining teeth previously thought to be hopeless or replacing all teeth.

Dental implant advancements over the past 30 years have helped millions of patients replace teeth.

Q: How can I have my missing, broken and diseased teeth replaced to look like and function like my original teeth?

A: There are many factors to consider: the condition of the remaining teeth as well as overall oral health, cosmetics, durability, longevity, cost and number of dental visits required. Technology has given us options other than extracting the remaining teeth and making dentures. Consult your dentist before treatment begins. A dentist is responsible for a thorough examination and proper diagnosis to determine the best treatment for the patient. The dentist must evaluate the benefits versus the risk and determine what treatments are necessary.

Q: Why would my tooth have to be removed?

A: A list of reasons include: badly decayed, broken below the gum line, worn by grinding and clenching, gum disease with bone loss and tooth mobility, fractures, accidents, financial ability to pay for treatment, or a combination of the conditions.

Q: Can I have all my remaining teeth extracted and implants placed? I’ve seen TV ads for this all being done in one day.

A: A dental implant is a titanium metal post, surgically placed into your jawbone. The implant replaces the root of the missing tooth. A prosthesis is anchored to the implant. This can be a single implant crown (cap), multiple implants and crowns bridged together, or a multiple implant-borne denture. Including the healing process and integration of implants into the jawbone, it take three to four months before the implants function like teeth.

To get implant teeth the same day, all teeth in the upper, lower or both jaws are extracted; three to four extra-long implants per arch are placed into the skeletal bone; and a temporary, full denture is made that day and screwed into the implants. After healing, in about six months, the appliance is removed, remade and replaced with the final screwed-in, new denture appliance.

There exist many choices in restoring your teeth to proper form and function.

Dental implants allow the dentist to replace missing or unrestorable teeth. In most cases, the preferred treatment includes saving the remaining natural teeth.

Extracting restorable teeth and replacing them with implants should not be an option. Implants are not natural teeth.

The ultimate decision between restorative options is determined between the patient and dentist.

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