Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Tooth loss can be traumatic. And until recently, the typical treatment for tooth loss was dentures. But dentures cause numerous uncomfortable side effects, including slippage, speech issues, and difficulty eating certain foods.
If you’re experiencing tooth loss or have missing teeth, there’s now a better, more permanent option than dentures. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred solution for replacing missing teeth. It’s an economical solution that affords a far better quality of life than dealing with the regular upkeep and adjustments to dentures.
The procedure involves implanting a screw directly into the bone of your gums, then creating a natural-looking tooth to attach to it. We mold this tooth from your existing teeth, effectively replacing the missing one altogether. Implants require no more care and maintenance than your real teeth, and you’ll be able to eat all of the foods you’ve come to love and avoid speech problems that come with dentures.
Dental implants aren’t for everybody, though. Certain medical conditions can make implanting the screws more difficult. Consult with your dentist at Anchorage Dental Group for more information. We’re happy to inspect your teeth and discuss all dental implant options and procedures.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants?
Before exploring the advantages of dental implants, it’s essential to review the disadvantages of the competing option – dentures. Most people immediately think of dentures as something only older people have, and probably reflect with horror on the unpleasant daily maintenance they require. But maintenance isn’t the only disadvantage of dentures.
Because they aren’t a permanent solution to missing teeth, dentures can accelerate bone loss in your jaw, which results in an appearance of premature aging. This additional decay also increases denture slippage over time, as your dentures stop fitting correctly and require regular adjustments. Over time, the costs can mount up, so you suffer increased frustration with diminished effectiveness.
What’s more, dentures can make eating certain foods challenging because they may slip or fall out as you bite or chew vigorously. The slippage also can result in speech issues that can be embarrassing in social situations. As far as solutions to tooth loss are concerned, dentures are likely to diminish your quality of life dramatically over time, sometimes leading to depression and social anxiety.
Dental implants do away with all of these problems and require only a minimally invasive procedure. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent. They’re complete replacements for missing teeth, attached directly to your gums via a titanium screw. As such, you can brush and care for them just as you do your natural teeth.
Dental implants won’t come loose or shift. They’re made from molds of your existing teeth, so they fit perfectly and provide you with years of functionality. Our expert staff will make sure that they closely mimic the color and appearance of your natural teeth, so you can smile and express yourself without embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Shifting and ill-fitting dentures often cause people to adjust the things they eat to avoid staining or denture slippage. Dental implants are just like real teeth. They’re durable and healthy and require the same sort of cleaning as your natural teeth, without the risk of staining or painstaking daily cleaning rituals.
Finally, dentures can erode your self-esteem by keeping you from doing the things you love. With dental implants, you won’t have to worry about public speaking or going to dinner with your friends. They’re the perfect solution that helps you maintain a high quality of life, a great smile, and a positive attitude.
The Process Of Getting Implants
Getting a dental implant isn’t necessarily a simple process – but it’s a lot easier than getting and maintaining dentures. Completing implant installation can take up to 12 weeks, so pack your patience.
So, what exactly does getting dental implants entail, and should you worry about potential pain or anxiety?
First, we implant the titanium screws into the bone of your mouth. The expert Anchorage dentists at Anchorage Dental Group will assess your teeth and gums to identify the best practices and methods for your situation. Once they determine the viability of the procedure, they will typically apply a local anesthetic before implanting the screws to keep your pain to a minimum.
Your bone will heal around the screws over time – usually from six to 12 weeks. While you’re recovering, our staff will prepare the replacement teeth. With a mold of your existing teeth and gums, the replacement tooth will look and work exactly like your natural teeth.
Once the bone heals and is ready, our staff will set an abutment, which is an attachment to the titanium screw that connects it to the artificial tooth. After it is set and properly adjusted, the artificial tooth – or “crown” – will affix to it.
The final procedure to place the abutment and the crown may only take a few minutes. If you’re concerned about dental anxiety or pain associated with this method, relax. Most patients report that the process is far less painful than a tooth extraction or getting fillings.
Why Choose Us For Dental Implants?
Anchorage Dental Group is one of the longest-operating dental-care specialists in the Anchorage area. We pride ourselves on improving your whole-body health through dentistry.
Not everyone understands how comprehensive dental care relates to overall health and wellness. But it’s our mission to impart that knowledge to our patients. Not only are we one of the region’s experts on dental implants, but we’ll take care of all your dental needs, from cleanings to dental bridges to root canal therapy and extraction dentistry, as necessary.
With more than 50 years of dependable service in the Anchorage area, we have the experience, staff, and technologies to be one of the top-rated dental offices in the region. Call Anchorage Dental Group today for an appointment. Our team will be delighted to answer any questions you might have about our procedures and services.
Anchorage Dental Group
8301 Briarwood St, Ste 201
Anchorage, AK 99518
Phone: (907) 349-6522