Dentures and Teeth Implants

by GuestPoster on January 4, 2011

The former owner of a glittering smile can handle the problem of missing teeth in three ways. One approach is a bridge, or partial denture, which is a dental appliance that contains one or more false teeth and is held in place by connecting with a natural tooth at either end of the gap formed by the missing teeth. It may be removable or cemented in place as a permanent solution.

Another, perhaps more familiar approach, is the use of dentures. A denture may replace the upper or lower teeth, or both. The full denture for the lower jaw presents a challenge because it sits on an empty ridge, whereas an upper denture will remain in place, at least in part, by means of the suction formed with the roof of the mouth. Adhesives are widely used to aid this process. Two to four small bolt-like devices may be implanted into the lower jaw to stabilize a full denture there. Adapting to dentures may initially be challenging, but with a proper fit, one will eventually get used to them.

Teeth implants are devices that replace the root of a tooth. They may be surgically implanted in the jawbone, or sit atop the bone and stick up through gum tissue. The implants may be a bolt, a screw or a bladed structure. They may also accommodate a single tooth or anchor one end of bridgework that comprises several replacements. This type of work is performed by a prosthodontist. The procedure requires very precise measurements and requires a series of visits. The end result, though, is worthwhile. It is a more satisfactory approach to the problem of missing teeth than dentures; however, it is also considerably more expensive.

The method one uses for replacing teeth may depend upon that person’s general health and, more specifically, the health of the jawbone and gum tissue. It is possible that periodontal disease can be effectively treated if the preferred choice is a tooth implant, but severe deterioration of the jaw bone may ultimately preclude that method. Periodontal disease is not hard to avoid as gums will respond favorably to daily flossing and brushing. If one can avoid the use of tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption, the gums should be in good shape.

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