Dental Implants (Snap-On and Fixed Teeth)
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you have lost teeth, you can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. There are two basic types of implant teeth--Snap-On and Fixed. Other methods of replacing missing teeth are also available.
Snap-On Implant Teeth may be the perfect solution if your dentures are loose, painful or make you feel insecure and you would like them to simply snap on and snap off for easy cleaning. Only a minimal number of dental implants are needed for a lower denture, but more elaborate designs are available. Even just one or two simple strategically placed implants can keep a lower denture from moving significantly--putting relief from denture suffering within reach of nearly any budget. Furthermore, If your current denture is in good condition, Dr Andrus can retrofit it to dental implants without the expense of remaking it.
Fixed Implant Teeth are beautiful teeth substitutes that are rigidly fixed to four to six dental implants in your jawbone to replace all the teeth in an arch. They are a popular option with denture wearers that have suffered with loose, painful dentures long enough and need a solution that has absolutely no movement at all and allows them to chew better than ever before. Under certian conditions, this type of treatment can be performed in just one day (Teeth-In-A-Day) and using as few as four implants (All-On-Four). Although we still recommend that you clean them at home, they can be easily removed in our office for occasional cleaning also. Individual or groups of fixed implant teeth can also be held on by a screw for future retreival or can be perminantly glued on.