Complete Dental Implant Care from Gardner Dentists
Millions of Americans must grapple with the difficulties of having one or missing teeth. They may be self-conscious about their smiles, which may show gaps as well as rotated and shifted teeth. Missing teeth can be the cause of other oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay and TMJ disorder. In addition, eating a nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables may be almost impossible without a full set of teeth. Thus, the trouble with missing teeth does not end in the mouth, but may negatively impact your overall health. Because of all of these possible consequences, Dr. Haworth and Dr. Markway believe that replacing you missing teeth is not a luxury, but rather a necessity.
While you have several options when it comes to tooth replacement, there is probably no more lifelike choice than a dental implant. These dental wonders have been around for decades. With the advance of dentistry, however, implants have become sturdier, safer and more durable than ever. At Gardner Dentists, we can replace your missing teeth and restore your strong and beautiful smile with comprehensive dental implant care.
Single and Multiple Dental Implants
If you’ve lost a tooth because of tooth decay, root canal failure, a serious injury or gum disease, then a dental implant can replace your missing tooth and fill the empty space in your smile. A dental implant is actually comprised of two parts. The first is an artificial root that is made of titanium, a biocompatible material. This root, or post as it’s more commonly known, is surgically implanted in your jaw bone beneath the space of your missing tooth. Because of titanium’s biocompatibility, the post and surrounding bone tissue fuse together forming a bond not unlike that between your natural tooth and jaw. This relationship between post and bone not only builds a strong foundation for your tooth restoration, but also eliminates the possibility of bone deterioration, which may cause you to lose adjacent teeth or have facial sagging.
After a few months when you’ve healed from surgery, Dr. Markway or Dr. Haworth will complete your dental implant by attaching a porcelain or ceramic crown. This restoration will fit seamlessly with your other teeth and be a precise color match. Your new “tooth” will look natural, feel comfortable and function as well as all of your other teeth.
Implant Retained Dentures
Dental implants are not only intended to replace one or two teeth that are missing here or there. Implants can be used in conjunction with dentures. Known as implant retained dentures, these eliminate the embarrassment of dentures that slip.
With implant retained dentures, Dr. Markway or Dr. Haworth implant biocompatible titanium posts at strategic points along your upper or lower jaw. Once firmly set in the bone, these posts provide a sturdy and stable anchor for your custom-fitted dentures. Moreover, your implants will act like prosthetic roots by fusing with your jawbone and promoting bone growth. Thus, your jaw is less likely to alter shape and your dentures will look more natural longer.
As with ordinary dentures, implant retained dentures should be removed and cleaned every night. And while you’re not wearing these dentures, your gums have the chance to be bathed in saliva, which helps to keep them healthy.
The team at Gardner Dentists would be happy to discuss the advantages of implant retained dentures with you. We’ll be able to assess your needs and determine if this or another tooth replacement option is best for you. Call Gardner Dentists to schedule an appointment. Conveniently located east of Moonlight Road off 56 Highway at 115 N. Moonlight Rd. Gardner KS, Gardner Dentists provides comprehensive dental care for the communities of Gardner, Olathe, Spring Hill, Paola, Baldwin, Ottawa, Lenexa, Lawrence and Overland Park, Kansas.
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