If you’re considering dental implants, you’re not alone. Every year, thousands of people with missing or damaged teeth get dental implants to restore their natural smile. In the past, there weren’t as many high-quality options and people often suffered with the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth or chose to wear dentures. While getting dentures can sometimes be a simpler or faster process, there are many drawbacks. Many people find wearing dentures to be uncomfortable, they can affect the way you talk and eat, and there is often a long adjustment period. If you want a different option that can provide a more natural look and feel, dental implants may be the right choice for you.
So what exactly are dental implants? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into or on top of your jawbone. Once in place, a replacement tooth is then fixed to the synthetic root. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable, although permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth. At Lake Villa Dental, we offer three different kinds of dental implants, depending on the extent of your needs. In our blog, we’ll discuss each one and how they might benefit different people.
Standard Dental Implants
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, three million people in the United States have implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 annually. If you’ve lost one or a few teeth due to injury or health-related problems, standard dental implants may provide a permanent fix. Compared to traditional dentures or bridges, they look and feel more like your natural teeth. An ideal candidate should have good oral health, sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant, and have no sign of gum disease.
Caring for your dental implants is simple. Unlike dentures that need to be removed, soaked, and scrubbed, your replacement teeth only require the daily flossing and brushing that you give your natural teeth. Implants also tend to last longer than dentures since they don’t need to be replaced as they wear out or your mouth and jaw change over time.
Implant-supported dentures are for people that are missing all of their teeth but have a healthy jawbone that can support implants. While standard dentures sit on your gums, implant-supported dentures are stabilized with implants that secure them in place. Using implants to support your dentures can provide a more natural feel and you no longer have to deal with messy creams or the fear that your dentures could fall out.
People find that wearing implant-supported dentures are more comfortable. There is less pain and irritation on your gums because of a more secure fit. Since you don’t have to deal with your dentures moving or slipping, you’ll also find that it’s easier to eat and talk clearly. Overall, implant-supported dentures can help you be more confident when you’re in public.
Mini implants are good for people that suffer from bone degeneration and don’t have an adequate amount of bone on which to place a standard sized implant. A miniature-sized titanium dental implant is used that acts like the root of your tooth. On the top of the implant sits a retaining fixture that snaps into a corresponding fixture on your denture. With mini implants, less space is needed, allowing the use of a site that has less than adequate bone.
Placing mini implants usually require less time and is a less-invasive surgery than placing full-sized dental implants. It can take several months of healing before full-sized implants can reliably support dental restorations, while mini implants can often support a denture right away.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
If you think you’d like to explore the option of getting dental implants, Lake Villa Dental can help answer all of your questions and provide a consultation to determine if they are right for you. In addition to dental implants, we can also provide other cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening and straightening. Our office has been serving the Lake Villa area for more than 30 years, and our caring and experienced team is ready to help you! Schedule your consultation today!