Are you looking to get away from the discomfort and unpredictability of traditional dentures? Dental implants may be the best option for you. Dental implants offer a solid foundation for dentures over implants and permanent crowns.
At Shore Smiles, we often recommend dental implants to Lincroft patients who are looking for a better alternative to dentures and bridgework. If you are considering dental implants, contact Shore Smiles to discuss your options with Dr. Herman. Or, you can read on to learn more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures and crowns.
The best way to understand dental implants is to think of them as artificial tooth roots. These artificial roots can be fitted with an overdenture (essentially a snap-on denture) or even a single artificial tooth. During your consultation, you might hear the following terms related to dental implants:
The cylindrical post serves as a replacement to the tooth root. Posts are usually crafted from titanium, a high-strength metal that bonds with bone through a process known as osseointegration.
The abutment (also known as a post extension) joins the post with the crown or overdenture. Since the post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, the abutment makes it easier to replace the crown if it should become damaged.
Usually crafted from ceramic porcelain, the crown is the visible portion of your dental implant. The crown can be tinted to match the shade of neighboring teeth or whatever shade the patient prefers.
An overdenture is a type of removable dental prosthetic that snaps onto the implant post and abutment. Overdentures can be supported by an implant or natural tooth root.
There are many reasons to love dental implants. Here are a few of the top benefits patients cite on why they chose dental implants over other options:
Choosing implant-supported dentures and crowns comes with several health benefits. For one, implants help maintain the jawbone structure, preventing a “sunken-in” appearance. Implants also allow patients to thoroughly chew foods, improving digestion.
Shore Smiles utilizes CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) to generate highly detailed three-dimensional images. As this technology can provide more information than standard digital X-rays its utility in planning complex dental procedures such as dental implants.
How it works. During a CBCT scan, the scanner circles around the patient's head, generating hundreds of images that are used to create a 3D composite.
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