When a patient has a tooth that may not be savable for infection reasons or it’s badly broken down; it used to be a go to to do something that was removable called partial denture, or a bridge, which tied the teeth on either side of the space together.
Now we have dental implants that are very predictable, and because of that, we’re able to use those to help replace teeth for people, whether it’s one or whether it’s many or all. And that’s something we’re doing more and more. We’ll talk to our patients about what their best options are.
Sometimes from a financial standpoint, they can’t get to the best right away so we might do an interim approach, maybe with something removable until that’s available for them or maybe it’s the teeth on either side of the space are broken down and maybe a bridge is still the best option for them at that point. So we discuss it with them, try to figure out all angles and then they can decide what they feel is their best option and then we will go with that.
When our patients need dental implants, we have to go through bit of a planning phase to find out what’s going to be appropriate for them, what kind of bone do they have. So generally we’ll use the technology that they use for a CT scan, to find out where we can actually place these implants; can we put them where we want to. And if we can’t, we can actually use specialists now to help us put bone where we need them so we can have the implants in the right place. So it’s much more – instead of where the bone is, we figure out where we want the teeth, and then we figure out how do we get the bone and the implant in place there. It’s something we can either do here or we can use specialists to do that, to get our patients what they need implant wise.
And then the restorative process is figured out ahead of time too, what are we going to place on that; are we going to place a single crown on that tooth that we need, do we need multiple, do we need a bridge there or do we need something that’s more like that all on six, which would be a whole arch of teeth.
At Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada, Dr. Pollack and Dr. Phan use the latest technology to restore your smile with the ultimate teeth replacement solution: dental implants. Dental implants and implant-supported replacement teeth are highly recommended if you are looking for the best fit, comfort, and function.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are simply artificial tooth roots. Traditional teeth replacement methods like dentures and bridges only restore the crown or the top portion of the tooth. Dental implants restore a missing tooth from the root to the crown, making them the closest things to real teeth.
In the past, dentures have been kind of the go to for patients who have lost all their teeth, maybe they’ve had a lot of gum disease, broken down teeth, and there’s no real hope for those teeth, and then going right to a denture. The issue with a denture is it doesn’t really sit on anything other than the gum and the bone that are there, and that can be damaged pretty significantly, so the ability for it stay retained and in place while patients are eating, has been somewhat iffy. Some patients can do well but a lot of patients don’t do very well. The ones that actually do well, we find that a lot of them have started to change their diet so they can accommodate. So the things that they like to eat before and that were healthy for them, they’re starting to skip and they do the things that are easier.
Well, a healthy diet, as most of us are starting to realize more and more, is a hard diet to chew. It takes some force to chew and ability, so if you don’t have that, you tend to skip it. So where we’ve headed is, with implants, we can now take those dentures and make some teeth that actually are fixed in place, whether they are removable and snap in and off the implants, or whether they are fixed onto those and act as their own teeth. We can give the patients a lot of options now that they can get back to where they’d like to be, and be confident too, so when they’re out, things aren’t moving around, they don’t have to dismiss themselves from the table because something got under it, or they can’t eat what they ordered because it’s too tough to chew.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is embedded surgically into the gums or jawbone. Once the implant successfully fuses with the bone, the implant becomes a permanent, sturdy foundation for replacement crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth or several teeth simultaneously.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are better than traditional dentures or bridges in many ways. If you need to replace a missing tooth or several teeth, implants are the way to go. For a permanent alternative to dentures, All-on-Six is a procedure for implant-supported replacement teeth, which are secure and will never come off. They restore your full chewing ability and last for decades with proper care.
I think basically a denture is an ideal solution for a patient when there is really no other options, or finances are an issue to fix what’s there. And then that may be the best option for the patient.
Now, if it’s something that the patient needs more support, they’re not sure, they may even go for a denture first and then come back and it’s possible to retrofit some implants but ideally it’s best if we can get all that treatment planned ahead of time and make everything fit just right.
Dental implant placement usually takes several trips to the dental clinic. A thorough evaluation is required to determine if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Pollack uses new precision placement technology and accurate CAT scans to place implants. Through the use of cutting edge diagnostic tools and imaging, they can determine easily which parts of the jaw can best support the implant. The technique also means less trauma and minimal downtime.
The best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to see your implant dentist in Arvada, CO. Call 303-940-1910. now to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pollack or Dr. Phan. You can also schedule an appointment online.