Denture implants are frequently suggested by dentists as being the best treatment option for missing teeth. The other possible alternatives to denture implants in Spring TX are dentures, which ride on the gums, or bridges that relay on adjacent teeth for support.
Almost three quarters of Americans between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost one or more teeth due to an accident, decay, gum disease or a failed root canal. By the age of 75, over 25% have lost all their teeth.
A little as twenty years ago, these people would have had no choice; the solutions were limited to removable dentures or a fixed bridge to replace their missing tooth or teeth. Neither of these solutions was perfect, they each brought with them additional problems.
- Removable dentures would often slip or cause embarrassing clicking noises
- Fixed bridges often affected the healthy teeth that relied on for support
For these and other reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually needed periodic replacement.
Today there is a new option; now the patient has the choice of replacing a missing tooth or teeth with individual implants, which look like and act like a real tooth. Denture implants in Spring TX do not rely on adjacent teeth nor do they rest on the gums; they are permanently anchored into the jaw bone.
The implant consists of a titanium peg, which the surgeon fixes into the jawbone, an abutment and a crown which fits on the titanium implant. The implant never needs to be removed, does not slip and does not make noises. Most of the first implants that were used close to 20 years ago are still in service, with good oral hygiene it is expected that they will last the lifetime of the wearer.
The anatomy of the denture implants:
The implant which replaces a single tooth consists of the titanium peg, which is imbedded into the jawbone; this acts as the tooth root. An abutment sits on that portion of the peg which protrudes above the gum line and a crown is fitted on the abutment. The completed implant looks no different from the natural tooth it replaces; the color and shape are identical.
For people who have several missing teeth, implants can still be beneficial. The dentist will plant two or more implants in the jaw which will act as a stable support and lock for dentures. This eliminates bone loss, which is a significant issue with conventional gum supported dentures.