Tooth Replacement Options
Dental implants are a modern solution used to replace missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your missing teeth. Your bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw, which turns them into replacement tooth roots. The replacement teeth, made from ceramic, look exactly like real teeth. They are secured into place on the posts with small screws. With implants, your teeth are held securely in place. Your restorations are more comfortable. Implants are also considered a long-term, even permanent, solution.
All on 4 Treatment Concept
All on four treatment concept is a treatment that uses dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth. Typically, an entire arch of teeth requires 6 to 8 implant posts to support your replacement teeth. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw may not be able to successfully support all of these posts. Instead of a bone graft, the All on four treatment concept uses only four implant posts to provide support for your new teeth. These posts are strategically placed in your jawbone. Two are placed vertically at the front, where there is naturally more bone mass. The other two are placed at the back of the mouth and are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This angle maximizes contact between the posts and the bone, which helps to ensure optimal osseointegration.
Bone loss occurs naturally after tooth loss. While dental implants can stop this bone loss, the success of your implants depends on the condition of your jawbone. If you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw may not be able to fuse properly, which can result in implant failure. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore missing bone mass. Bone mass is taken from another area of your body, or a donor, and is transplanted into the weak areas of your jaw. As you heal, your existing bone fuses to the bone graft material, strengthening your jawbone. After healing from bone graft surgery, the process for dental implants can begin.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials are the traditional solutions for replacing missing teeth. Dentures, also called full dentures, replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Partials are designed to replace a section of missing teeth. Both types of dentures consist of acrylic resin or porcelain teeth that are set into a gum colored acrylic base. Made from an impression of your mouth, the base sits directly on your gums, relying on the tissue for support. Dentures and partials are removable prostheses and need to be taken out each night to be cleaned properly.
Overdentures are a type of denture that is secured into place in your mouth with the assistance of dental implants. Your overdenture is created from an impression of your mouth. It consists of acrylic resin or porcelain teeth set into a colored gum base. The base is made to fit over your natural gums. On the bottom of the base, there are attachments that anchor the overdenture into place on the implants. Your overdentures, like traditional dentures, are removable. However, thanks to the dental implants, they can remain stable and secure in your mouth.
Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your overall quality of life. For more information and to find out which tooth replacement options are right for you, call Legato Dental Centre at (250) 860-5253 to schedule your consultation today.