Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2012
Dr. Wayne A. Gouvion of Gouvion & Grant Dentistry uses dental implants to support dentures so that they no longer slip and cause embarrassment. The denture that is implant-supported is able to function more like natural teeth, and it is a long-term solution to missing teeth.
Dr. Gouvion understands the problems that can occur when teeth are missing. Even though a denture can replace missing teeth, if it is sitting on the gum line, it is not supporting the jawbone. This means that the bone will continue to erode. However, dental implants actually fuse with the bone to strengthen it and stop the bone erosion that starts soon after teeth go missing. Unfortunately, missing teeth are quite common, which means that many people will require dentures as they grow older. In fact, by the age of 74, approximately 26 percent of adults are missing all of their natural teeth.
Implant supported dentures come in two different styles. The bar-retained denture uses two or more implants that have a metal bar connected to them. The denture is attached to this bar with clips or other types of attachments. The ball-retained style utilizes balls on the top of the implants, which snap into the sockets that have been attached to the denture. Both types are very secure and are removable for cleaning.
Installing dental implants, whether individually or to be attached to a denture, is a process that takes several dental appointments. The implant must be surgically placed in the jaw and allowed to fuse with the jawbone. Next, the top of the implant must be exposed and healing caps attached. When the healing is complete, the abutment is attached to the implant and the crown or denture attached to the abutment.
Using implants is an excellent way to gain long-term answers to the challenges posed by teeth that are missing. Helping reduce bone loss is one of the main reasons to use implants. Implants have been researched and studied for over half a century and have been used successfully for more than 20 years. To learn more visit http://www.irvinelanap.com.
Gouvion and Grant Dentistry is a general practice offering patients personalized dental care for Irvine, CA since. Dr. Wayne A. Gouvion graduated from USC School of Dentistry and spent two years as a U.S. Navy Dentist. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Orange County Dental Society. To learn more about Gouvion and Grant Dentistry and their dental services visit their website at http://www.irvinelanap.com and call (949) 407-6238.