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Full Mouth Dental Implants
If you happen to be missing all of your teeth, there are some tooth replacement options for you to explore such as full dentures or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants are another tooth replacement option that allows you to replace one or more missing teeth with an artificial tooth that resembles a natural tooth and replaces the roots of your lost natural tooth.
If you have any questions about dental implants or whether you are a good candidate, take a moment to review the information below or call Dr. Steve S. Kim DDS to schedule a consultation.
How are the implants placed in my mouth?
First, the dental implants themselves will be placed into your jaw. The implants resemble cylinders or screws. Once placed, you will need to allow the bone to fuse with the implant, which can take anywhere from two to six months to happen. During the healing time, you may receive a temporary tooth replacement option that can be worn over the implant sites.
Once the implants have fused with the bone, extensions will be attached to them. These extensions are called abutments and they are one of the connecting devices that allows you to place the crown on the implant. Your gums will need to heal once this procedure is completed.
Some implant systems do not require the abutments. These systems use an implant that already has the extension piece attached to it. Depending on the exact number of implants that need to be placed, the connecting device that holds your new teeth in place will be attached to the implant directly or they may be clipped onto a round ball anchor or bar to hold them in place.
Once the abutments are ready, you can receive an individual crown, series of crowns, full dentures, or a full bridge. After a short time span you will start to regain your confidence and you will find it easier to chew and speak.
What are the advantages of implant-supported dentures or bridges over conventional dentures?
Dental implants can provide you with several advantages over other traditional tooth replacement options. In addition to functioning like and looking like your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures and bridges are designed to last a long time in your mouth. They are much more comfortable than traditional dentures as well and they will allow you to chew and bite a wider variety of foods.
Implant-supported dentures and bridges will also preserve the bone in your jaw, so you will not experience much, if any, bone loss. With conventional dentures, your bone will resorb into your mouth and you will experience bone loss, which can limit your future option for dental implants. Dental implants will integrate into your jaw bone and keep it intact and healthy.
In the long run, implants are better than conventional dentures because they prevent bone loss and they look better in your mouth as well. Conventional dentures make it harder for you to eat certain foods and you will find that they also lead to recession of the jaw bone, which can lead to an unattractive smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you achieve the smile you desire, now is the time to call Dr. Steve S. Kim DDS. Dr. Kim will meet with you and discuss your options for dental implants. Call today to book your consultation.