Anterior Open Bite
Anterior open bite is a condition in which the teeth do not touch each other when a patient bites down. This is typically due to a habit, though can occasionally be caused by different sized jaws. For those with the first condition, the treatment is typically a correction of the habit and can be more easily corrected as a child. There are several dental appliances available for treating an anterior open bite, and the dentists at Couch and Hammond would gladly speak to you about your options..
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gums. This post then fuses to the jawbone and provides a sturdy support to fake teeth. Dental implants provide a number of benefits for those that need dentures, partials, or even a single fake tooth. They are much more secure than other options and don't slip when eating or speaking. Dental implants provide a more permanent and normal-feeling solution to those with fake teeth.
How To Get Implants?
The following are the steps taken to place an implant:
- The damaged tooth/teeth are removed
- The jaw is prepped for implant (this may include bone grafting)
- After the jawbone heals, a dental surgeon places the metal implant into the jawbone
- It is left to heal for several months
- After the soft tissue heals, your dentist will take molds to create the final tooth or teeth
Single Tooth Implants
If you have missing teeth it is important to replace them. Eating and chewing while missing teeth can cause pain, allowing the teeth to rearrange and take over the extra space can cause changes in facial anatomy.
A single tooth implant is a great permanent option for those with missing teeth. A metal implant is placed in the jawbone to act as a sturdy root for the new fake tooth. This allows patients to have less pain and discomfort in the future, no issues with slippage when eating or speaking, and confidence in their smile.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants can be placed for those that have dentures, partials, or have had several teeth extracted or lost. The titanium implants are placed inside the jawbone to help provide a solid root-like structure for the new dentures, partials, or crowns above.
Full Arch Implants
If you are tired of having your dentures slip, fall out, or cause gum pain, it may be time to consider full arch implants. Much like multiple tooth implants a dental surgeon will place several titanium root-like structures inside the jawbone around the arch. After these have healed and grafted nicely to the jawbone, they can be a sturdy structure to place a full arch onto. Once placed, a full arch implant feels like natural teeth! No more slippage, or lost dentures.
Some patients may not have enough one to support a standard full arch implant. In cases like this a mini implant can help proved better denture stability. An MDI (mini denture implant) is shaped like a ball that allows a rubber o-ring to snap over the ball and hold the denture in place.
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