With today’s changing technology, implants have become a great choice
for replacement of missing teeth. In the past, bridges and partials were
what replaced those teeth, but the problem is that bridges can be difficult
to clean underneath and partials are removable so they sometimes begin
to flop around. Also, when partial or bridges are placed, patients lose
bone in these areas and things begin to not fit so well.
Now, when someone has a missing tooth, or even several missing teeth, implants
become a great option, and they can be used for single crowns, bridges,
or even full dentures.
Some of the great benefits to having an implant(s) placed are that the
procedure is relatively pain free, and there is very minimal, if any swelling
afterwards. Implants also help to preserve bone because they imitate a
real tooth, serving as a root in the bone.
Many times when a patient chooses to have an implant placed, their dentist
refers them to an oral surgeon for placement of the implant and possible
bone grafting, and then the patient has to go back to their general dentist
and sometimes a lab to have the implant restored. The great thing about
having an implant placed here at West County Dental is that I am able
to bone graft, place implants, and restore them to their finished product,
all here in our office.
Hear what a couple of our patients had to say about their implant experiences:
Fran had a single implant placed:
Val had all of her teeth removed and replaced with implant dentures in one day: