Tooth Replacement in the Modern Age
- Posted on: Jan 15 2017
In time, just about everything changes. We can see evidence of change in all aspects of life, from the way that we get and cook our food to the cars that we drive. The more we learn, the better we are able to take care of the necessities. It isn’t only consumer industries that have evolved; dentistry has, as well, and that is a great thing!
One of the significant changes that dentistry has experienced is the methods through which teeth are replaced. It used to be that artificial teeth were largely stabilized by other teeth or, in the case of edentulous patients, by nothing more than suction against a denture and the bony ridge of the arch. This model of tooth replacement dates back several centuries. It was only in the past few decades that a better solution was found. That solution is dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are fixtures that you do not see, once they are in place. That is because the role if the implant is to stand in for the root you once had; to provide the kind of stability you enjoy from healthy natural teeth. The tiny post is made of titanium with an overlay that encouraged the bone around the implant to fuse around its structure. This mimics the oral anatomy we are intended to have. In the end, the implant post or posts that become integrated into your jaw bone can last a lifetime. The only care required to sustain implants is the daily brushing that keeps your gums healthy. Of course, routine dental exams and cleanings are also necessary!
How the Old and the New Mix
Just because dental implants are the new method that has taken dentistry by storm does not mean that there is no place in restorative care for dentures. In fact, many patients today combine the best of both worlds. Dentures that are stabilized by implants are dentures that stay put. Usually, a full arch can be supported by only a few implants. This creates a cost-effective method of restoring the smile for years to come.
We are happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement with you. Contact our Glen Dale dental office at 304-845-2480.
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