Hate your Westminster dentures? Here’s a great alternative
If you wear dentures, there are probably a few things about them you don’t like. They may be uncomfortable, don’t look as natural as you’d like or feel loose inside your mouth when talking or chewing. Unfortunately, there is also that historic stigma attached to wearing dentures, but what choice do you have? That is the right question, and the answer is that you do have another option. The alternative to dentures is dental implants. If you are interested, here are a few facts you need to know about them.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that fully take the place of your old, natural teeth. They are permanently inserted into your jaw bone and cared for in the same way as your existing human teeth.
What is the process?
Unlike many other dental procedures, dental implants cannot be completed in one office visit. Getting dental implants requires not only your time commitment to the process, but also dedication to following your dentist’s instructions fully to ensure an optimum result. In a nutshell, this is what you can expect:
- First your dentist conducts a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw structure. This is to make sure you have enough healthy bone and gums to support a prosthetic root.
- If you are approved as a candidate, you can proceed to the next step. If you don’t have enough healthy bone, your dentist may suggest bone grafting before you are able to proceed further
- Next, your dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jawbone. Then you have to wait for your jawbone to heal and fuse to the titanium post.
- The last part of the process occurs after several weeks to a few months. Essentially, you wait as long as it takes for your jawbone to heal and fuse to the post to ensure your new root is secure.
- Finally, a new porcelain crown is expertly crafted and placed onto the titanium post, and your new permanent tooth is finally completed.
How do you get started?
The best way to find out of dental implants will be an effective alternative to dentures for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced Westminster dentist. Once he has completed his examination, he will discuss the next steps in more detail.