Dentures have been the go to tooth replacement option for over 2000 years (about as long as humans have been practicing dentistry), and for good reason. Our ancient ancestors understood that in addition to the social effects, tooth loss also played an important role in our oral and general health. Dentures have kept pace with advancements in dentistry, medicine and technology throughout modernity, but there is always room for improvement.
Dental implants, which can be used to secure crowns, bridges or a set of dentures, have revolutionized the way dentists replace missing teeth. Dr. Garrett Oka, your dentist at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua Kona, HI, recommends implant dentures for eligible patients for a secure and permanent dental restoration.
A New Smile and Better Oral Health with Implant Dentures in Kailua Kona
Implants are designed to replicate the structure of a natural tooth, going a step further than dentures and dental crowns, by replacing the root of the tooth above the gum line. In addition to securing the dentures firmly in place to prevent slipping and stretching, implants help to preserve healthy bone tissue in the gums. Why is this important? When a tooth falls out or is extracted, the bone tissue around the root begins to erode.
Over time, bone loss can lead to a number of oral and general health problems like infections, gum disease and inflammation. It is also one of the primary causes of gum "shrinkage," which affects how well dentures feel and fit over time. Once an implant is in place, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, which anchors it in place and helps to spur the growth of new bone, and prevent bone loss in the future.
Just a few implants can hold a set of dentures in place, giving new life to the cosmetic appearance of your smile and oral health, whether you are missing just a few or all of your teeth. Implants are generally a good option for adults in good health, with sufficient bone density in the gums.
Find a Dentist in Kailua Kona, HI
There have never been more options for replacing missing teeth and living with a beautiful, healthy smile. For more information on implant dentures, and to find the tooth replacement option that is best for you, contact Sweet Tooth Dental by calling (808) 329-0889 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oka today.