18 Apr 2015 Implant Dentures: Understanding the Basics
Most people will at some time in their life lose one or more of their permanent teeth. There are many reasons this can happen. Teeth are lost to disease, to accidents and to the aging process.
Some people are okay with gaps in their teeth, others want to do something about it. At one time there were a limited amount of solutions for a person to turn to. Dentures were the most common way to replace missing teeth. The dentures were not a permanent structure and many people did not like the way they looked or felt. Technology has improved and there is now a much better option for people to consider in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The best solution we offer is implant dentures. These have some similarities to the old dentures, but they also offer many improvements for the individuals that choose to get them. In order to know whether implant dentures are something that is worth considering, it is a good idea to learn what they are, and how they work.
What are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are artificial teeth, just like the old dentures. The difference is that they are permanently attached to the bones in the gums. In order to get an implant, a hole is drilled into the bone where a tooth is missing. An implant is placed in the hole. The implant is a post. After the post has been put into place, the bone is allowed to grow around the implant to hold it in place. Once the healing process is done, a false tooth is attached to the post. The result is a tooth that looks like the real thing. It does not have to be removed and it will work the same way as the natural teeth. The implant dentures are cared for in the same way as the real teeth. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are required for the implants to remain healthy.
How do Implants Work?
Once in place, the implants work in the same way as real teeth. A person can eat the foods they want and can enjoy the same habits. If they had a problem with their teeth because of bad dental hygiene habits in the past, they will have the same problems with the implants. Salt Lake City dentists try to teach people how to change their bad habits so the implants can last. The implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. The teeth that are attached to the implants may have to be replaced after 10 or more years. They may become discolored or damaged and replacing them is the best way to keep the teeth looking great. The implant dentures can be used to replace a single tooth or they can replace all of the teeth. It depends on the needs of the individual.
For people that want the best and most natural looking way to replace teeth, implant dentures are the best option and will enjoy the results. Implant Dentures is one of the services we offer at Holladay Family Dental. Learn more about Implants on our blog post page titled, Implant Dentistry in Salt Lake City. Residents of Holladay, Utah and Salt Lake City, Utah can feel confident coming to Dr. Greaves for a wide variety of general dentistry services. Call Kerri at 801-272-8051 for more information or to schedule an appointment.