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TRANSITIONING TO DENTAL IMPLANTS - PART II

By Elisha Vandor – The denturist’s wife


April 4, 2019 – 4:45 PM


If you recall, a few weeks ago we talked about going from decaying or unsightly natural teeth to immediate dentures. You might be thinking ‘my grandma wore dentures; my mom wore dentures, now it’s my turn too’. The good news is, a denture is not your only tooth/teeth replacement option. As the title reveals, dental implants are the leading way for teeth replacement. Now, please don’t say you’re too old for dental implants! We had a patient who was 94…yes 94 get dental implants! When there’s a will, there’s a way! Now that you feel young and energetic, we want to empower you with knowledge about dental implants.


Basically, a dental implant acts the same way a natural tooth root does. When a natural tooth is pulled, the root goes with it. A dental implant replaces that root and mimics its function, which keeps the jaw bone from shrinking because the dental implant continues to stimulate the bone with the force of chewing and biting. When dentures are removed from the mouth, the facial structure somewhat collapses because the dentures are its support system.

 

Essentially, dental implants
are like anti-aging for your
jaw bone, once the teeth
are pulled.

 

We know dental implant technology is the answer to specific anti-aging problems. They improve looks, chewing and are safe. So then what is the process to get these? What kind do you choose? Honestly, it can be different for each individual based on their preference and oral situation, so it all starts with a conversation with Brock where he will go over your needs and/or wants. There are different options and price points with dental implants. Do you want your teeth to be permanent or removable? A fantastic option for those who have a floating denture is a removable denture that snaps into two dental implants to secure it into place. Alternatively, teeth can be placed permanently for both the upper and lower with dental implants. This is a common choice for patients who are ready to have the function and feel of natural teeth again. You may have heard of us talk about it before and refer to it as the Freedom Smile.

 

There’s so much more to discuss, but I’m running out of room! This is when your part kicks in. If you have any questions about dental implants, which I know you do, then book to come in and talk to my husband Brock. He’s the denturist and has the answers you’ve been looking for. In fact, I often ask him my questions about dental implants, like titanium or Zirconia ceramic, which is better? What has a better success rate, mini or full-sized dental implants? It’s so important to be well informed and we want to make sure you feel comfortable with the decision you’ve made, whether it’s dentures or dental implants!

 

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