Dental Implants And Dentures In Stittsville
Dental Implants and Dentures
Missing or lost teeth are not just a nuisance. In due time, it can cause issues. Neighbouring teeth may lean into the gap in an effort to replace the missing tooth, exposing their own roots and making them more susceptible to disease. To prevent such shifting of your teeth, it is important to replace any missing ones as soon as possible, and dental implants and dentures are great ways to replace missing or lost teeth.
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that provide a base for one (or more) artificial teeth. They are permanently affixed to your jawbone, requiring oral surgery. Dental implants provide a functional, long-term solution to replace missing or lost teeth.
Your dentist will begin by examining your current dental situation and going over your options. Once the choice for a dental implant has been made, your dentist will determine whether your jawbone is strong enough for a dental implant or bone graft surgery is required (A bone graft is basically a support for your existing bone. It is either taken from another part of your body or synthetic material.)
Once your bone graft and jawbone have merged to provide a strong base, your dentist will schedule another surgery to affix your dental implant to your bone. Once the area has healed your dentist will place an abutment on the dental implant. The abutment functions as a connector between the dental implant and your artificial tooth.
Finally, your artificial tooth will be placed on the abutment. As the tooth is screwed on, it functions like a natural tooth. This means that it cannot be taken out for separate cleaning or while you sleep.
Because dental implant requires multiple surgeries, the procedure is drawn out by several healing periods. After each surgery you may experience pain, bruising and swelling, and minor bleeding. There is also the possibility for infection. However, your dentist can prescribe you antibiotics and pain medication.
Complete or partial dentures are another way to replace lost or missing teeth. They act as prosthetics and can be either removable or permanently fixed (for example those affixed to dental implants). They are usually made of acrylic plastic, metal or porcelain, depending on your individual situation and preference.
Types of Dentures
As mentioned above, there are a number of different types of dentures. Your personal dental situation and preference determines which type(s) may be suitable for you. Among the different types of dentures are:
- complete dentures: when most people hear the word “dentures” they commonly think of complete dentures. Complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth in either the upper or lower gums. Complete dentures are removable and therefore easier to clean.
- partial dentures: as the name indicates, partial dentures only replace a certain number of teeth, not an entire row. Partial dentures also play an important part in supporting healthy teeth that may be neighbouring missing or lost teeth and prevent them from shifting or leaning into the gap. Partial dentures can be either removable or fixed.
- Implant retained dentures: the artificial tooth or teeth transfixed to a dental implant are technically also dentures. They would be an example of fixed (non-removable) partial dentures.
Other Tooth Replacement Options
There are other options to replace or restore teeth, among them dental crowns and bridges. Feel free to inquire about those options as well and consult with your Avenue Dental Specialty Group dentist to find the best solution for your individual situation.
Contact Avenue Dental Specialty Group Today
No matter your dental situation, our experts at Avenue Dental Specialty Group can find the perfect solution to replace your lost or missing teeth. We offer a variety of state-of-the-art treatments, from single implants to dental bridges.
If you are missing teeth, please reach out to us and book your consultation today!