Over 35 million Americans currently lead lives with missing teeth. Many of them use dentures, a simple and inexpensive but poor alternative for natural teeth. However, thanks to recent technological advancements, you get a second chance with natural and stable teeth. With dental implants, you can replace the root structures of your missing teeth, providing a firm and stable base for dental restorations, such as dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Below, we highlight situations that indicate you may need dental implants.
You’re currently wearing dentures…
Traditional dentures are a series of false teeth attached to a gum-colored or pink base. The entire denture is attached to your gums using adhesives, or, in the case of partial dentures, they’re fastened to the back of your healthy teeth. In both cases, however, dentures are fairly unstable and must be removed while sleeping. They can also slip or slide out of your mouth during inopportune moments, leading to social anxiety and embarrassment.
If you’re wearing dentures, you may want to consider getting dental implants instead. Unlike dentures, dental implants replace the root structures of the missing teeth, thereby offering a firm and solid base for the restorations. You don’t need to place the restorations on your gums using dental adhesives because the implants are firmly rooted — you can’t take them off on your own. Implant-supported dentures are also extremely stable — they function like natural teeth.
You’re missing one or more teeth…
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you should definitely consider dental implants. That’s because dental implants are the ideal replacement for missing teeth — they replace the underlying root structures of your teeth, offering a stable base to the dental restoration. A dental crown can replace one tooth, a bridge can replace multiple teeth, and dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Our dentists will help you select the ideal dental implant restoration.
You have an upcoming dental extraction…
You can, and should, get dental implants immediately after tooth extraction. That’s because tooth loss is often followed by jawbone deterioration, but dental implants can preserve the jawbone structure. If you don’t get an implant immediately, you may eventually experience considerable jawbone disintegration, which can lead to facial sagging and teeth misalignment. Dental implants preserve the jawbone and keep everything in place, all while restoring your perfect smile.
All-on-Four vs. Single Implants
Single implants are ideal for patients missing one or two individual teeth from different parts of the mouth. But if you’re missing all or most of your teeth, it’s impractical to get individual implants for all 28 functional teeth. All-on-Four is an innovative technique wherein we only place four implants and use those implants to support a complete denture. As such, you can replace all of your teeth with only four implants, allowing you to eat whatever you want.
Energy Dental is a luxurious dental clinic specializing in implant dentistry. We use the latest dental implant techniques, such as all-on-four and fix-on-six, to address even the most challenging cases. Approximately 90% of patients told they aren’t candidates for single implants are candidates for all-on-four implants. And we also provide advanced preparatory procedures to improve your candidacy, ensuring optimal results in Houston, TX.