In years past, those who wanted to replace their teeth were stuck with dentures or veneers. These unwieldy objects replaced some of the functionality of teeth but were still difficult to chew with and the chance that they would come loose was very high.
Dental implants and implant-supported dentures work completely different. While the idea is not new, the method of execution has only been around for a couple of decades. The trick was finding a metal that would fuse to the jawbone reliably. The ability to install dental implants, even for those with bone loss caused by periodontal disease, is a very recent innovation. Today, Dr. Slaven is able to install dental implants for most patients.
For those who are interested in a single tooth replacement, implant-secured bridges and dentures, or a whole mouth replacement, Wildwood-based ActOn Implants will work with you to fix your teeth problem permanently.
Give us a call at (632) 242-1913 or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
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Single-Tooth Replacement for Wildwood Residents
Dentures and veneers may look like the real thing, but they aren’t the real thing. A real tooth is embedded directly into your jawbone. When it becomes dislodged and falls out, two things happen. First, the other teeth in your mouth begin to move apart. Second, the bone in which it was embedded begins to lose density and starts to retract.
Beyond that, periodontal disease can cause substantial damage to the jawbone itself which erodes with time. Traditional dentures and veneers did nothing to address these problems.
Dental implants are installed directly into your jawbone. They are fixed into the jaw after an abutment has been installed. The tooth is screwed into the abutment and not only does it look and feel like a real tooth, it also serves all the same functions as a real tooth. In other words, it prevents the other teeth in your mouth from moving around and it prevents further resorption of the jawbone.
Tooth Loss is Not Just a Cosmetic Problem
Tooth loss is a cosmetic problem that can affect your self-confidence, willingness to smile, and more. But to consider it only a cosmetic problem is short-sighted.
When you lose a tooth, there is a gap that is left behind. Your other teeth will slowly drift apart over time creating even more gaps. Plaque can accrue in these areas causing further tooth decay and worsening periodontal disease. A missing tooth can also result in the erosion of the jawbone. As you lose more teeth, your cheeks will begin to sink into your face. If you’ve ever seen an older person with sunken cheek lines, it’s likely because they’re missing a number of teeth.
Tooth loss can make it more difficult to speak or eat.
Dental implants don’t only address the cosmetic problem of tooth loss, they also address many of the health problems that are caused by tooth loss. The implants mimic an actual tooth at every turn — preventing the bone loss to the jaw, reducing the risk of periodontal disease, and improving the overall aesthetics of your teeth. In fact, some folks remark that they actually look better than their natural teeth ever did!
ActOn Whole Mouth Replacements
In cases where there are numerous teeth missing, you may want to consider a “full arch replacement.”
How does this differ from a single implant replacement?
Instead of replacing the tooth by installing a single abutment, a bridge is installed directly into the jawbone. In cases where there are still some teeth left behind, it may be necessary to remove those teeth. In many cases, these teeth are already at risk of falling out or decaying. It’s only a matter of time before the teeth around it fall out too.
Full arch replacements install an implant-supported bridge directly into the jawline. This bridge can accommodate multiple implants. Solutions like snap-on dentures or veneers may address some of the cosmetic problems but only dental implants can mimic the function of real teeth and prevent future decay.
ActOn Implant-Supported Dentures
If you prefer dentures, implant-secured dentures may be a good option for you to consider.
Implant-secured dentures are both retained and supported by four or more dental implants.
What this means is that the denture does not rest on the gums. It also means, your dentures will be more stable and stay in place.
Contact our office today to find out if this procedure is right for you.
Choose ActOn Implants For Your Wildwood, Missouri Dental Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth or many, Dr. Slaven and his team can help. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation. During your first consultation, Dr. Slaven will work with you to provide a customized, affordable plan for replacing your teeth and helping you get the smile you want.