If you’re suffering from missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures that rock and slip, you are probably aware of the negative impact it can have on your life. Not only is your smile compromised, but so is your ability to eat comfortably and enjoy your favorite foods, and to speak and smile with confidence. What you may not be aware of are the consequences that can arise when missing teeth are left missing for too long. Learn more below about the effects of missing teeth, and our best recommendation for replacing them with dental implants.
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Consequences of Missing Teeth
When missing teeth are allowed to remain missing, there are many consequences ranging from aesthetics, to functionality, to oral health and beyond.
- Unsightly gap in your smile
- Difficult or painful to eat & chew
- Speech pattern may be effected
- Confidence suffers
- Surrounding teeth begin to move & shift
- Alignment is compromised
- Bite changes
- TMJ problems
- Gum tissue deteriorates
- Underlying jawbone deteriorates
- Sunken face appearance
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts or screws that are essentially tooth root replacements. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the gums and into the jawbone using computer-guided precision technology. Implants typically require a healing period of several months to actually become fused with the jawbone, effectively becoming a fully integrated component of your new complete smile.
Compared to traditional restorations that sit on top of the gums, dental implants actually replace the root of the tooth, which is an essential piece of the complex system that is your oral health. Implants prevent the jawbone deterioration and tissue loss that you usually see in patients with missing teeth or traditional restorations. In fact, implants actually stimulate new bone and tissue growth around the implant giving you the fully formed smile you had before missing teeth.
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits in replacing missing teeth or stabilizing dentures with dental implants.
- Keep other teeth from shifting
- Preserve alignment & bite
- Prevent gum tissue loss
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- Stimulate new tissue & bone growth
- Secure restorations
- Enjoy eating again
- Regain normal speech patterns
- Clean & maintain like natural teeth
- Replace missing teeth
- Stabilize dentures
- Improved quality of life
- Confidence in a secure, complete smile
Hybrid (Implant Dentures)
As the name says, hybrid implant dentures consist of dentures that are fixed onto implants.
Just like regular dentures, hybrid implant dentures use a full set of high-quality prosthetics to replace full rows of teeth. But unlike regular dentures, hybrid implant dentures are fixed into your mouth using a set of four dental implants – titanium posts that fuse with your jaw. The dental implants support a titanium or gold bar that anchors a set of acrylic teeth in place. The bar is permanently fixed in one place – which means your dentures won’t move around.
One of the major benefits of implant dentures is they can be implanted and fitted in a day. Traditional implant procedures can take three to eight months to complete and recover from. Conversely, implant dentures fuse to the jawbone more easily which promotes more stability and faster recovery.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or would like to schedule a visit with your Des Moines implant dentists, Dr. Chad Johnson at Veranda Dentistry, give us a call today at (515) 650-5531 or request an appointment online! Serving dental patients in Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Bondurant, Runnells, Mitchellville, Colfax, Prairie City, and all of Polk County, IA.