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When faced with tooth loss, replacing any teeth you are missing is essential. The teeth perform numerous critical functions that are all impacted, no matter how many teeth you lose. Replacing those missing teeth helps to restore their function, your oral health, and your smile. Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced using bridges or dentures. At Sussex Dental, we can offer you an incredible alternative to traditional treatments with dental implants.

What Exactly Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts to support ceramic dental restorations. The posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to these posts, a process that stabilizes them within your jaw. They essentially become roots that hold your new teeth securely in place.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a modern-day solution for replacing missing teeth, providing you with a revolutionary alternative to bridges and dentures. This treatment, one we proudly offer at Sussex Dental, uses small titanium posts to provide support for ceramic dental restorations. The posts are surgically inserted into your jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. This process, called osseointegration, turns the posts into stable roots that provide secure support for your new teeth. The process of getting dental implants is more involved than traditional restorations, but it provides unparalleled benefits.

Restoring Your Smile

Your implant restorations are made from ceramic and designed to look exactly like your real teeth. This material mimics many of the properties of your natural tooth enamel. Once your new teeth have been milled, we can stain and finish the crowns so that they perfectly match the exact color of your surrounding natural teeth. Additionally, ceramic reflects light in a similar fashion to natural tooth enamel. With dental implants, you are provided with a perfectly natural smile that can greatly improve your confidence.

Regain the Ability to Eat All of Your Favorite Foods

With dental implants, your ceramic crowns are fairly strong and can withstand most normal daily use. The teeth are also held securely in place in your mouth. They will not shift around in your mouth or fall out, a risk that is associated with dentures. Dental implants restore your ability to eat all of your favorite foods without fear of your teeth coming loose. Stable teeth also help to improve your digestion by allowing you to thoroughly chew your food, which helps to then improve your nutrition.

Speak Confidently

When you lose your teeth, your speech is also affected. Without teeth, which are responsible for controlling airflow, you may develop a lisp or have other difficulties speaking properly. Dental implants feel exactly like your real teeth. Once in place, they perfectly restore your normal speech. You do not have to worry about adjusting to a new object in your mouth.

Incredible Comfort

One of the biggest complaints about dentures is that they are not very comfortable. The base rests directly on your gum tissue, putting pressure on tissue that was not designed to support the pressures that the restoration places on it. This can restrict blood flow, causing discomfort. Dentures that come loose or that do not fit properly can also move around, causing painful sores.
Dental implants help you to avoid these issues. Rather than your gums, your new teeth are supported by the implant posts, which are inserted into your jawbone. This takes the pressure off of your gums and also means that you do not have any uncomfortable rubbing.

Care for Implants Just Like Real Teeth

Dentures are a removable restoration that requires special care every night. They need to be removed, brushed, and soaked overnight. After taking care of your dentures, then you need to take care of your remaining teeth, your gums, and your other oral tissues. With dental implants, the ceramic crowns can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. They do not need to be removed or require additional special care.

Keep Your Jawbone Strong and Healthy

When you suffer tooth loss, your jaw loses stimulation from the missing roots. Without stimulation, the bone begins to weaken as fewer nutrients are sent. The bone weakens and changes shape. Traditional restorations restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, but they cannot stop bone loss. This means that the restorations eventually need to be replaced.

Dental implants are the only treatment option that stop, and prevent, bone loss in your jaw. The posts restore the stimulation in your jaw, triggering your body to send more nutrients to the bone and surrounding areas. With stimulation restored, the jawbone remains strong and healthy. Read more about Caring for your Dental Implants.

Types of Dental Implants Available

Dental implants are an incredibly versatile treatment. They can be used to replace a single tooth, a section of teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. There are some different types of dental implants.
•  Single tooth. A single tooth implant uses one post and one crown to replace a single tooth.
•  Multiple teeth. Also called an implant supported bridge, replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. The number of posts needed depend upon your specific circumstances.
•  Full arch replacement. Full arch replacements, or overdentures, are used when you are missing an entire arch of teeth. Typically, this type of treatment uses 6 to 8 posts to support your teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide many benefits. These include:
•  A more natural appearance. Your dental restorations are made from ceramic and look exactly like real teeth. This provides you with a much more natural smile and improves your confidence.
•  Functioning just like real teeth. The crowns feel and function just like real teeth. You can bite and normally chew again, which improves your digestion and nutrition. Your speech is also perfectly restored without having to adjust to a new object in your mouth.
•  Your new teeth can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth.
•  The posts replace the functions of your tooth roots and restore the stimulation to your jawbone. With stimulation restored, bone loss in the jaw is stopped and prevented. This helps to maintain the health of your jawbone and prevents changes in its shape and the shape of your face.
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Are There Any Drawbacks to Dental Implants?

While dental implants do have many significant benefits, they also do have some drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration.
•  Surgery is required for the placement of the posts.
•  There is a recovery period of several weeks to several months involved.
•  If you do not have enough bone mass to support the posts, you may need to undergo a bone graft surgery first.
•  Dental implants can be an expensive treatment.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Tooth loss is serious, whether you have lost just one tooth or you have lost all of them. When you suffer tooth loss, replacement is essential for restoring the functions of the missing teeth, your smile, your oral health, and your quality of life. At Sussex Dental, we provide dental implants as a solution to replace your teeth. This innovative treatment relies on small titanium posts to support the ceramic crowns that replace the visible surfaces of your missing teeth. The posts are integrated into the bone, stabilizing in your jaw to hold the crowns firmly in place. This treatment is unlike any traditional treatment for tooth replacement. In addition to its many benefits, the procedure requires surgery. We perform a thorough initial consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you.

You are Missing Teeth

Dental implants are a modern treatment designed to replace missing teeth. The treatment is quite versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, or it can be used to replace several teeth. If you are missing at least one tooth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. You may also be a candidate if you are not yet missing teeth, but you do need to have at least one tooth extracted.

You are in Good Health

To get dental implants, you need to be in good overall health. This is because dental implants require a surgical procedure, as well as a recovery period. If you have gum disease at the time of your initial consultation, you will first need to have it treated before you can undergo the dental implant procedure. If you have any chronic health conditions, they will need to be completely under control. Undergoing dental implant surgery when certain types of conditions are not well managed can significantly increase your risk for serious complications, both during surgery as well as during your recovery.

You Do Not Smoke, or are At Least Willing to Quit for Your Treatment

Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain numerous harmful chemicals. These products can decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood, and they can also slow your blood flow. The complications can significantly slow the ability of your body to heal after surgery. When healing is slowed, your risk of developing an infection increases, as does your risk of implant failure.

Your Jaw Still Has Enough Bone Mass

For dental implants to be successful, your jawbone needs to fuse with them. For this to happen, you need to have enough bone mass remaining in your jaw. The problem, however, is that bone loss begins occurring shortly after tooth loss. The longer you go without replacing your teeth, the more bone you lose. Without sufficient bone mass, the implants may not integrate properly, or they may not integrate at all. If you do not have enough bone mass remaining in your jaw, you may first need a bone graft.

You are an Adult

Implant surgery is not ideal for children and young teens. The jaws of younger individuals are still growing and developing, which can lead to complications as the jaw continues to grow. If a child or young teen loses a permanent tooth, another option needs to be considered. The jaw stops growing typically in the late teens the to early 20s. Once your jaw is fully developed, you can be considered a candidate for implants. Moreover, you are never too old. Whether you are in your late 20s or your mid-70s, implants can restore your smile, your oral health, and your quality of life.

Choosing Between Dentures and Implants

Tooth loss can occur for a variety of different reasons, including gum disease, facial trauma, or bruxism. In some cases, you may need to have teeth extracted because they are severely damaged or decayed. No matter how your teeth are lost, missing teeth have several effects on your life. Replacing your missing teeth not only restores the essential functions of those missing teeth but also restores your smile and your quality of life. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you can go with traditional dentures or with dental implants. At Sussex Dental, we can help you to determine the best option for you.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Missing teeth have several effects on your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. These effects include:
•  The quality of your smile is decreased.
•  Your confidence plummets.
•  Biting and chewing becomes more challenging.
•  Speaking becomes harder.
•  Your jawbone begins to weaken and change shape. This can lead to issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.

What are Dentures?

Dentures have been used for a long time to replace missing teeth. They are a removable prosthesis that sits directly on your gum tissue. They consist of acrylic resin teeth set into an acrylic, gum-colored base. They are made from impressions of your mouth, which helps to provide a perfect fit. Dentures can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, called a full denture, or a section of missing teeth called a partial denture. Partial dentures are similar in design to full dentures, with the addition of metal clasps that help to hold the prosthesis in place.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Dentures

Benefits of dentures include:
•  They restore your abilities to eat and speak.
•  Your smile is restored, as is your confidence.
•  The latest dentures are made to be more natural in appearance and more comfortable than their original counterparts.

There are also a few drawbacks to dentures as well.
•  They can be uncomfortable. They rest directly on your gums, putting pressure on the tissue.
•  They require a more involved care routine each night.
•  Dentures can slip out of place, causing both embarrassment and sores.
•  They do not stop the bone loss in your jaw after you lose your teeth. This means that the jaw continues to change shape. Your dentures are rigid, and will not change with your jaw, meaning that they will no longer fit after a while. They typically need to be replaced every few years.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw, turning them into roots that then provide the support for your replacement teeth. The crowns used to replace the visible portions of your missing teeth are held securely in place with small screws.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Implants

There are numerous benefits of dental implants.
•  They restore the basic functions of your teeth.
•  Your smile and confidence are restored.
•  Implants are comfortable. The posts support your teeth rather than your gums.
•  They can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
•  They are meant to be a permanent solution.
•  The posts, which are implanted directly into your jaw, help to preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone.
There are also a few drawbacks to dental implants.
•  They require a surgical procedure.
•  There is a recovery period involved.
•  If you have lost too much bone mass before treatment, you may need a bone graft first.

Replacing your missing teeth restores your oral health, your appearance, and your overall quality of life. Call Sussex Dental to schedule your consultation and find out which option is right for you at (262) 246-2232.

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