You Can Rebuild Your Smile Better, StrongerThursday, June 15th, 2017
We are guessing that at least a few of your remember The Six Million Dollar Man television show. The introduction of each episode showed scientists and doctors helping astronaut Steve Austin. The narrator announces that they can rebuild him “better, stronger, faster.”
What does this have to do with dental care? Well, through advances in restorative dentistry, we can perform full-mouth reconstruction at our dentist office in Danville, IL.
The end result is that your mouth can be better and stronger. (We aren’t really sure how we would make it faster.)
If you would like to find out if full-mouth reconstruction could help you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike Fuesting at Advanced Smile Arts. You can contact us online or call 217-703-4536 to request an appointment.
Dental Implants Make It Better
Dental implants were developed as a result of an something unexpected.
In the 1950s, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying blood circulation in rabbits. He had placed titanium cylinders into the rabbits’ leg bones as part of his research. When he tried to remove them, he found it more difficult than he anticipated.
The bone had bonded directly to the titanium.
We don’t know what happened to the blood circulation study, but we do know that Dr. Brånemark used what he learned about bones and titanium to develop the first modern dental implants. These were created as replacements for the roots of missing teeth.
Dr. Brånemark placed the first set of these implants in a human patient’s mouth in the 1960s. Today, implants are the gold standard for teeth replacement.
Like roots, implants are embedded in your jawbone, and that’s the key to how they make teeth replacements better.
Before dental implants, dental bridges and partial dentures were attached to any remaining teeth that a patient might have. Full dentures rested outside the gums.
These were better than having no teeth at all, but they weren’t quite the same as having full teeth replacements.
Today, dental implants can be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, and full dentures. Implant-supported dentures are so strong and secure that most people who have them are able to eat all the same foods that they could eat before they lost their teeth.
Because the implants created a direct connection between your replacement teeth and your jaw, you can put more power into each bite and chew. This makes eating more comfortable.
With a series of implants to provide a stable and secure foundation, you can trust that your dentures will remain where you want them to be.
Implants have another benefit as well. Back when you had all your teeth, your roots played a role in keeping your jaw healthy. Every time you bit or chewed, you were pushing your roots into your jaw. That pressure prompted new tissue growth that kept you jawbone healthy and strong.
Without that pressure, your jawbone would get smaller. This can affect how traditional dentures fit and your overall appearance.
By getting dental implants, you can recreate that pressure to keep your jawbone strong for years to come.
All-on-4® Improves Implant-Supported Dentures
No matter how good things are — and implant-supported dentures are pretty great — they can always be better.
In restorative dentistry, the All-on-4 procedure is a great example of this. All-on-4 uses just four dental implants to provide the full benefits of implant placement.
With All-on-4, two implants are placed vertically near the front of your smile, and two implants are placed diagonally near the back of your jaw. This allows you to receive the maximum benefit from each implant.
With All-on-4, we also can place a set of temporary dentures on the same day that you receive your implants. This may not seem like a big deal until you realize that with traditional implant placements, you may have to way months to heal before your replacement teeth can be attached.
With All-on-4, you don’t have to spend months walking around with an empty smile, and you can start to enjoy some benefits of having implants right away.
As you heal, you’ll notice your bite becoming stronger. When you are ready, your permanent dentures can be added, and you’ll understand how much implant-supported dentures are like having a third set of teeth.
How Can We Help You?
Today, All-on-4 is on the cutting-edge of tooth replacement technology. We’ve seen how much it has already done for patients at our Danville, IL, dentist office. We are confident that it can help you, too, if you are missing several teeth.
Please call 217-703-4536 or contact us online to learn more about implants or All-on-4 at Advanced Smile Arts. Let us show you what is possible.
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