Kenneth D Parrish DMD, PhD
Diplomate American Board of Periodontology
Our Practice is limited to Periodontics and Implants
Q. Are you a candidate for “Locators”?
A. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for “Locators” is to
have a CT taken to determine if your jawbone has adequate space.
Made of titanium. Titanium is a metal compatible with the human body. Over time, the titanium implant will fuse with the bone.
Made of uncomfortable materials. Dentures are made of acrylic, cast metal, and flexible plastic, which may irritate the gums.
Very stable. Implants have a root-like portion that fits into the bone socket like natural teeth. Once the implant is placed, it will act as a permanent replacement for the lost tooth.
Unstable. Because they are not fixed in the mouth, dentures can move around and make clicking sounds when you eat or speak. And the ability to chew naturally is greatly diminished.
Can replace one, many or all of your teeth. Implants can be used to replace just one tooth, many or all of your teeth (All-on-4). Which allows for more flexibility in restoring your smile.
Usually used when many or all teeth lost. Because of their design, dentures are usually an option only when many or all teeth have been lost.
Will last a lifetime. With proper care, dental implants need never be replaced. Just like a natural tooth, good oral hygiene will ensure its longevity.
Will need to be replaced. Dentures will need to be re-fitted, re-made, or re-aligned as your gums and jaw structure change with age.
Preserves jawbone. Because of the root like shape of the
implant, the bone where the tooth or teeth were lost will be naturally stimulated and not deteriorate over time.
Does not preserve jawbone. Because the denture rests on the gums, there is little to no stimulation for the jawbone. The jawbone will deteriorate over time without this stimulation.
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