With the loss of teeth our jawbones experience a loss in strength and bone density. When we chew, our teeth stimulate our jawbones causing the jawbone to become stronger. Overtime without teeth or implants exercising the bone your jawbone will deteriorate in size and shape – making bone loss inevitable. Bone loss can speed up the aging process by up to 10 years causing a shift in your facial features. A decrease in facial height by the collapsing of the bone, vertical bone loss increases, and degradation of the bite relationship are ways your facial features change due to missing teeth and bone loss. As the jawbones deteriorate, the gums begin to suffer by thinning out and causing sore spots.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than the 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches. If you’re one of the 35 millions Americans suffering from tooth and jawbone loss it’s time to discover your full mouth dental implant options!
Dental implants are an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jawbone to secure a tooth replacement.
Full Mouth Dental Implant Options
If you’ve lost all of your teeth or a full arch, then you have full mouth dental implant options! Unlike conventional dentures, full-bridges and implanted dentures are longer lasting and give you the feel of natural-looking teeth, providing more comfort and stability. Dental implants preserve your jawbone, stops bone loss, and gum loss. Dental implants can also help to prevent the deterioration of your facial structure. They allow you to enjoy the foods you’ve been missing and restore your smile–and your confidence.
What’s the Dental Implant Procedure?
One-stage Procedure – During this one stage procedure your periodontist can implant as little as four dental implants, and then immediately attached the fixed bridges. During the next 2- 6 months your implants will fuse to your jawbone creating a strong foundation for your implants. In order for this one-stage procedure to be successful the implants must not move. This means that a soft diet for 6-8 weeks is required.
Two-stage Procedure – The two stage procedure requires the uncovering or your implants and the placement of healing caps. Your periodontist will place healing caps or extensions on your implants where your new teeth will be placed to complete your transformation.
Restorative Phase – In this stage is where you will return to your general dentist to have your implant restored to look like a natural tooth. This generally takes just a few short weeks to complete.
Hey! Do you want to transform your smile with our full mouth dental implant options? Contact Penn Dental Family Practice today, and let’s get started!