Traditional dentures are fairly antiquated in terms of dental technology. Many people are comfortable with what they are used to, but might be surprised by how nice it is to abandon the need for the daily maintenance of removable dentures. Dental implant dentures require a little bit more from the procedural standpoint, but they set you up for a lifetime of freedom from slipping, soaking, and potential facial collapse. Your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, discusses dental implants to help you decide if they might be right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are bio-compatible structures that are attached to the area where a tooth used to be. The main difference between implants and removable dentures is that an implant is actually anchored with metal framework. Through a surgical procedure, titanium posts are implanted directly into the jawbone. The implant serves as a structure to mimic the roots of teeth. Different formations of porcelain crowns can be designed to color match existing teeth, and secure to the titanium post. Whether you are missing a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of teeth, implant dentures can be a great solution for many patients.
How Do I Know That Implant Dentures are Right for Me?
Every single patient with missing teeth will not necessarily be a candidate for a dental implant. In order for an implant to take hold successfully, a patient needs to have enough jawbone density. Another important factor is a strong immune system to ensure an easy healing process. You will need to commit to strict oral hygiene to prevent infection. This will also keep your new teeth shiny and bright. Dental implants can potentially last the rest of your life when they are cared for properly.
If you are missing teeth and think that dental implants might be a good choice for you, schedule a consultation with our Polk City dentist by calling (515) 984-6001. Our team at Cornerstone Dental is happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Polk City, Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, the 50226 zip code, and surrounding communities.