Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be permanent—and dental implants can make this possible. When you receive an implant from our skilled dentists at our Jacksonville Beach practice, you’ll immediately see and feel the difference that this procedure can make for your overall oral health and smile.
The dental implant process consists of placing a titanium post into the jaw where your tooth used to be—this is the implant part—and then, once your jawbone is healed, attaching a replacement tooth to the post. This replacement tooth will be made with impressions that your dentist will make, in-office, of your teeth, and colored in a shade to match.
Once the implant process is complete, you’ll begin to experience the many benefits of the treatment for yourself. Here are just a few:
Appearance and Comfort
Because the new tooth is implanted into your jawbone, it will feel, look, and act just like a normal, natural tooth. Unlike with dentures, multiple implants won’t leave you with initial difficulty or discomfort when it comes to eating and speaking. You won’t have to worry about removing your implants to clean them, or getting used to the feeling of having them in your mouth. Plus, unlike dentures, you won’t have to deal with messy or uncomfortable creams or adhesives to keep them in place in your mouth.
Since your implant will become fused to your jawbone as it heals, it’s likely to last you a lifetime. You’ll have little to worry about when it comes to the tooth breaking or falling out.
Better for Your Oral Health
Other procedures, such as partial dentures or bridges, are achieved by filing down or otherwise altering your surrounding teeth. This can, in turn, potentially cause issues with those teeth further down the line. Dental implants are also easy to keep clean, and easy to clean in-between with flossing and brushing, thus helping to keep your overall oral health up to standard.
Of course, on the topic of oral health, dental implants are to be taken care of in the same manner as your real teeth. They require daily brushing and flossing, and, of course, regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups.
If you’ve lost—or are faced with losing—all or most of your natural teeth, then dentures are likely to become a necessity. Though dentures may take a bit of getting used to, and will feel very different than your natural teeth, modern improvements have made dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
Believe it or not, it’s likely that you take your teeth for granted. Without teeth, you’ll find that it’s much harder for you to speak and eat, and your facial skin might sag. Using dentures will help restore the natural shape of your face, and will help to keep the muscles in your mouth and jaw strong and healthy.
Conventional versus Immediate Dentures
After your remaining teeth are removed, you’ll receive either conventional or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures will be ready to place in your mouth about two to three months after the removal of the teeth. This allows time for your teeth and gums to heal before beginning to use the dentures. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are exactly how they sound—they’re ready for immediate use after your teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer a solution for those who choose not to go (or cannot go) temporarily without teeth, they may require frequent adjustments, as your gums may shrink or shift over time as your mouth heals.
A partial denture, more commonly known as a bridge, is used when only a few of your teeth are missing. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, however, you know how it can potentially impact your smile. And in addition to the appearance, missing teeth can cause your existing teeth to shift, resulting in crooked and unsightly teeth. A partial denture prevents this by placing artificial teeth in the gap, which “bridge” the gap by connecting to crowns that are placed on the existing teeth on either side of the gap.
If an injury or gum disease has caused you to lose most or all of your teeth, then dentures are one of your best solutions when it comes to getting your smile back. In the Jacksonville Beach area, we can help you when it comes to dental care and replacement of your missing teeth. Contact us today with any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to find out if dentures are right for you. Don’t hesitate to get the process started!