Keeping A Dental Prosthetic In Place With Dental Implants

When you lose a tooth, it can affect your bite function as well as the way you look. While you may be less concerned about your bite initially, over time that change to your dental function can lead to unpleasant consequences. Continually biting and chewing in an unnatural manner can wear on your jaw joints and muscles, which can make you more likely to begin grinding your teeth at night. You can also overuse your remaining teeth, which puts them through more wear and tear. A stable dental prosthetic can put a stop to these problems while also restoring your appearance. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can work with you on replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant-held prosthetic.

Enjoy Support From A Secured Dental Prosthetic

A secured dental prosthetic can feel comfortable, as it can remain secure without bothering your neighboring teeth. The implant put in place to hold your replacement tooth effectively acts like an artificial root. When in position, it keeps a replacement tooth secured against your jaw firmly enough to make it useful for biting and chewing. It also provides stimulation for your jawbone, which prevents the bone from losing mass over time.

Arranging The Placement Of An Implant-Held Appliance

At an initial appointment, we can perform a study of your jaw and oral health to make sure you are ready to go through an implant placement. In addition to checking to see if this procedure is right for you, this initial evaluation allows us to identify the appropriate spot for the implant. When the implant is placed, and you go through the recommended healing period, a custom prosthetic can be secured to complete the process of restoring your smile. This appliance will be carefully made to both fit in with your smile and fit comfortably between neighboring teeth.

Long-Term Advantages To Receiving Dental Implants

Dental implant-held prosthetic teeth can have certain advantages that other appliances do not offer. This is not the only way to permanently secure an appliance, as we can also provide a dental bridge to close a gap in your smile. The bridge relies on a pair of dental crowns set in place on neighboring teeth to remain in position. Like an implant-held prosthetic, this can offer beneficial bite support. However, a dental implant is able to offer an important added benefit. As you bite and chew, it will stimulate your jawbone, which sends signals that call for the delivery of nutrients to the bone, keeping it healthy.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Implants

At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, patients who are interested in replacing a lost tooth can come to us to discuss work with dental implants! To find out how dental implant-held appliances can benefit patients, please call Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.