Dental Implants Can Replace the Need for Dentures
If you are like many people, imagining a life with dentures seems bleak to you. Although it is true that dentures are effective in giving people the ability to smile again, living with dentures can be difficult. You will have to learn to eat and speak differently, they will need repair and replacement, and when they loosen with bone loss you will need to use a sticky goop to keep them in place. The good news, however, is this does not have to be your life. Dental implants can replace lost teeth and the need for dentures. While full-arch tooth replacement is available, dental implants can also fill the space of single missing teeth and even multiple missing teeth.
Dr. Amy Gentner gives her patients a new lease on life with dental implants in St. Johns, MI. A dental implant is engineered to feel, function, and look just like your natural teeth. A titanium post is surgically placed in your jaw bone by your oral surgeon or periodontist, and the crown is placed on top by Dr. Gentner. The dental implant stimulates bone growth, stabilizes bone levels, and provides a strong and stable bite. You can restore one tooth or a whole mouthful of teeth with dental implants.
Key benefits of dental implants include:
Enjoy a Beautiful Smile
Save Surrounding Teeth
Speak With Confidence
Eat the Foods You Love
Your Dental Implant Options
Dental implants blend seamlessly into the smile to replace missing teeth with screw-like implants that adhere with the jaw bone. As you bite and chew with the attached dental crown, the implant provides the same bone stimulation as a natural tooth root, which keeps your bone levels healthy and protects the integrity of your smile.
Single dental implant: If you are missing even one tooth, your oral health is at risk. Without a tooth to stimulate the jaw bone, bone atrophy begins to occur which can lead to shifting of other teeth or increased risk of infection. We can replace your missing tooth with a natural-looking implant and crown the same day a tooth is removed.
Multiple dental implants: Missing more than one tooth is common and should be addressed immediately. Unlike a tooth supported bridge which relies on surrounding teeth to support the restoration, implants provide a healthy, more natural alternative to bridges, which will never shift, decay or require root canal treatment.
Full arch dental implants: If you have dentures and are looking for a more stable, healthier alternative, we can complete your smile in one visit. This option uses a number of dental implants (as few as four) surgically placed in the jaw bone to support a custom, natural-looking prosthesis. There are no pastes or need to worry about slipping dentures; this option is designed to stay in place.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
Even patients that have lived with dentures can restore their bite and stabilize their jaw bone with the All-on-4 technique. All-on-4 is a permanent bridge that is uniquely designed to restore your bite functionality with only four dental implants. Even those with low bone volume are often candidates for All-on-4, eliminating the need for an often necessary bone graft. If you choose an All-on-4 restoration, Dr. Gentner will design, fit and place your bridge after your dental implants have healed.
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