“False teeth” is no longer a descriptive term in the realm of dentistry, as it applies to so many different types of different dental hardware. The words false teeth can be used to describe dentures, as is the common usage among the general public, but with the technological advances in implant dentistry, can be used to describe implants, both as anchor points for a single tooth, for a dental bridge, or as anchors for denture hardware as well.
Dental implants are a truly marvelous invention, and with the length of time that the technology has been available, has become a tried and true method of making the dental health of clients both easier and more accessible. The core of the technology revolves around the research of Dr. Per Ingvar Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon in Sweden, who discovered something called osteointegration, which is where bone will permanently fuse with titanium. This, of course, is directly applicable to hip and knee replacements, and the like, but in dentistry created a whole new set of options for people who have lost teeth due to cavities, trauma, or for other reasons. What this amounted to in regards to false teeth, is that a tiny socket of titanium could be bonded to the upper and lower jawbone, and various dental appliances, ranging from the crown of a single tooth, to a full set of dentures, could be bonded directly to the bone of the jaw. The huge advantage of this is that the hardware behaves just as natural teeth would as far as talking and chewing goes, and that the fit is unprecedented in comparison to traditional dentures. Care of this hardware is also similar to that of natural teeth, after the initial healing period is complete.
There are many subtle differences in the dental implants that are now available to patients. Implants now range from a standard larger implant to something called a mini implant. The idea behind the mini implant is that they require a smaller hole to be cut into the gums, and drilled into the jaw bone. They require less jaw bone to be present, which means they can be used in patients who don’t have enough bone material for more standard implants. They can be placed with less healing time, and therefore used much sooner. This type of implant is commonly used with dentures.
So it is pretty obvious that this technology definitely has its advantages. It is not inexpensive, but it many cases, the costs far outweigh the inconvenience and inferior function that is inherent in the nature of traditional dentures. Dr. Nahel Yanni, DDS is happy to accept new patients, and is very experienced at the subtleties of dental implants. He is happy to thoroughly explain all of the options that are available to patients, from traditional dentures to high tech false teeth that are anchored using dental implants.