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Dental Implants houston tx | Royal DentalIf you look back through history, you will see clear indications of change. Innovation drives us to improve the ways that we accomplish various tasks. For instance, it is rare to hear of any person getting around via horse and buggy these days. Cassette players and tapes are archaic, and most of the youth of today don’t even know what an 8-track is! Even dentistry has changed over time. Dentists have new and improved ways to help patients regain their confidence after tooth loss, and that is a wonderful thing.

Historically, full arch tooth replacement has involved dentures. When we say historically, we mean way back; back to the BC era. For several hundred years, the standard denture model was as good as it would get. Wearing dentures, even if the fixtures rubbed against the gums, was a far better alternative than having no teeth at all. Plus, with the evolution of technique and the use of materials, dentures did improve a great deal. However, traditional design left something to be desired. That something was stability.

The old way of doing any one thing usually gets replaced by a new way. Fortunately, this natural process now extends into the dental field. Instead of relying on a conventional denture, many of the patient needing tooth replacement now have the option of fully stabilizing an arch of teeth with dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not replacement teeth. They are not an alternative to dentures. What they are is a supportive technique that alleviates many of the concerns related to tooth loss in general, and to dentures in particular. A dental implant is similar in structure to a small screw. These individual fixtures are placed into the jawbone, where they gradually become encased. When implants are fully stabilized, they are capable of supporting a full arch of teeth in the form of a denture.

Why would one choose both dentures and dental implants? The primary reason is confidence. Who doesn’t want to know that their teeth, even artificial teeth, will stay in place during a meal or a conversation! A secondary, but very important, reason for choosing to secure dentures to implants is that these small posts stimulate bone regeneration in the jaw, which keeps the lips from collapsing over time.

Is it time to give your denture the support it needs? Call Royal Dental to learn more about implant dentistry.

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