Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are strong enough to support crowns, bridges, and dentures, but their most important advantage is that they prevent bone loss. Dentists and patients alike prefer dental implants when in need of a treatment to restore function and aesthetic appeal after tooth loss.
The Dental Implant Process
A surgeon first places the titanium root form into your jawbone. During the recovery process, your body integrates the form into the jawbone by encasing it in new bone material. After you have healed, Dr. Price will create a crown that looks and feels like your own natural tooth, and no one will be able to tell that you have an implant.
Dental Implants Prevent Facial Collapse
When we lose a tooth, the body immediately begins to absorb the minerals in the jawbone where the root structure used to be. In the case of one missing tooth, this might not be a problem. But when we lose many or all of our teeth, this bone loss can lead to facial collapse, making it difficult or even impossible to wear dentures or chew food efficiently.
Many people who have had their teeth removed and replaced with dentures experience facial collapse in as little as ten to twenty years. Don’t be disheartened if you have already lost some bone structure. The surgeon can perform a bone graft to support your dental implant.
Traditional dentures have many drawbacks that can be solved by anchoring them with dental implants. Because they rest on soft tissue, traditional dentures can move enough to create sore spots, decrease chewing efficiency, and slip at embarrassing moments. Additionally, upper dentures cover the entire palate and can interfere with the pleasure of eating and clear articulation when you speak. All of these problems can be solved by supporting your dentures with dental implants as shown at left.
Relying on a Highly Qualified Dentist
It is important to choose a dentist who has received the requisite training to provide dental implants. Since graduation, Dr. Price has pursued advanced continuing education in order to offer dental implants to her patients. In fact, although the state of Louisiana only requires 40 hours of this training every two years, Dr. Price regularly earns 100 hours every two years.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of restoring function and beauty with dental implants, give us a call to request an appointment. We will be happy to help you find a convenient time that works for your schedule.
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