Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no non-restorable teeth. Strategically placed support such as implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture.
Dental implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as anchors to stabilize artificial teeth. They can replace one, some, or all missing teeth and help eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges.
There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.
The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support, and are permanent and stable. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures.
The success rate for implants depends on the tooth's purpose and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95 percent for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and 85 percent for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw.
"I thought my problems would go away when I got dentures." For many, that's when the real problems begin. Dentures can be painful, unnatural in appearance, and click when you speak. The emotional problems may be more devastating than the pain and inconvenience.
The good news is that you no longer need to live with these physical and emotional problems. Dental Implants restore the comfort, natural appearance, and self-esteem needed to live a normal life.
Since 2003, Dr. Lucy B. Sloan' s private practice in LaVergne, TN has been dedicated to treating difficult dental cases through Implant Dentistry. Dr. Lucy B. Sloan is a member of the American Association of Implant Dentistry.
Whether you are missing all or only a few teeth, Implant Dentistry can improve the quality of your life.
If you, or someone you know, would like more information about the benefits of Implant Dentistry, please give us a call at 615-793-4499, and one of our office coordinators would greatly answer your questions.
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