Remember those childhood photos your mom cooed over that showed off your two missing front teeth? That stage of your life should be left buried in the picture boxes in the hall closet. If you ever find yourself facing either one or more lost teeth, consider some of the options that Dooley Dental can offer you including dental implants in Wall Township or dentures. Our dental implants and denture options will allow you to feel self-assured again. They can also improve your speech, allow you the freedom once again to eat what you want when you want, and restore good oral health.
How can Dooley Dental help me replace my lost teeth?
We have a variety of tooth replacement methods to revamp any smile and restore confidence. Patients who are seeking permanent smile restoration almost always lean towards dental implants. These implants are preferred because they create a stable and secure smile. There is also a more traditional approach with dentures in Wall Township, including a variation of implant-retrained dentures. Let’s explore these options to help you discover which may fit your lifestyle best. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Spring Lake dental office to accelerate your personalized replacement process when you feel comfortable.
What are dental implants and how do they work?
The dental implant process requires three different phases. The first phase involves oral surgery completed by a trusted surgeon. During your surgery, a dental implant is placed in the socket of the missing tooth. A dental implant is a tiny, titanium screw that acts as a replacement for a tooth root. The total number of implants you will receive all depends on the number of teeth we’re replacing.
The second phase is your healing and recovering process. This extremely important phase is known as osseointegration, which means your body will be working to fuse your jawbone/gums with the artificial tooth root (your dental implant), creating a stable, strong foundation.
You can expect to return to our office after a period of three to six months to complete the last phase of your dental implants. This phase is relatively simple, just the final attachment of your dental prosthetic. With full completion of all three phases, you can expect a functioning, realistic-looking dental implant with long lasting results.
What types of dentures are offered?
Traditional dentures have been an option for patients that require large amounts of teeth to be replaced for a long time. Conventional dentures are prosthetics created by a combination of synthetic plastic resins and porcelain. The custom dentures overlay the gums and replace a full set of lost teeth. Dentures are held in place by a combination of muscular control and suction, although patients often resort to denture adhesives to do the job. One of the biggest positives about traditional dentures is that they are normally fully covered by most insurance companies. On the other hand, there are a few fallbacks that tend to sway some patients from choosing traditional dentures, including:
- Bone deterioration
- Collapsing of the facial structure
- Slippage, which affects the patient’s ability to eat or speak
- Unpleasant tasting adhesives
Fortunately, there is a much more modern alternative known as implant-retained dentures. Implant-retained dentures secure a full set of teeth by placing a few dental implants strategically within your upper and lower jaws. Once they are in place, they look and feel like your natural teeth. You will not have to deal with uncomfortable plastics or unpleasant adhesives. The implants are inserted into the jaw bone, which promotes bone retention like real teeth. This prevents the collapsing of the facial structure in contrast to traditional dentures. Contact Dooley Dental today to get started on your tooth replacement journey!