Are you having trouble deciding between dentures and dental implants? Your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver can help you consider the pros and cons of each method and make the best choice for you.
Dentures are synthetic teeth attached to a pink base that looks like gum tissue. Your dentures rest against your gums and are removed every night for cleaning. Dentures are held in place by the bony ridges in your mouth, suction, and denture adhesive. Replacing your lost teeth with dentures restores your biting and chewing ability, reduces facial sagging, and improves your appearance.
As your mouth heals, the fit of your dentures will change. Fortunately, the fit can be improved by relining or rebasing the dentures. Dentures must be replaced every five to 10 years, due to wear and tear. You'll probably experience a decline in biting power after you start wearing dentures and may not be able to chew and bite hard or tough foods easily.
If you'd like to wear dentures, you can opt for full dentures, which you'll receive after your mouth heals, or immediate dentures, which are placed in your mouth right after your teeth are extracted. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth in a row.
Dental implant facts
Implant-supported dentures offer another option if you've lost teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgery procedure in East Lansing. The posts bond to your jawbone and take the place of your tooth roots. If you've just one tooth, a dental implant is connected to a dental crown to restore your tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures. As few as four dental implants can be used to connect a denture. Dentures may be attached directly to implants or to a metal framework connected to the implants.
Because your dentures are securely attached to dental implants, you won't have to worry about irritation caused by slipping and sliding. Implant-supported dentures also offer better biting power than full or immediate dentures and help keep your jawbone strong. Although your dental implants will probably never need to be replaced, you'll still need to replace your dentures periodically when they become worn.
Ready to replace your missing teeth with dentures or dental implants? Call your dentist in East Lansing, MI, Dr. Thomas Faiver, at (517) 351-7222 to schedule an appointment.
Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks since you've lost one or more teeth? Your dentist in East Lansing, MI, Dr. Thomas Faiver, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants.
Implants restore your tooth from top to bottom
Thanks to dental implants, it's possible to replace your missing roots and the crowns, or top parts, of your teeth. Implants are tiny, screw-like posts added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery that replaces your roots. Dental implants become firmly attached to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration and are just as strong as your natural tooth roots.
After your implant osseointegrates, it will provide a secure, stable foundation for your new dental crowns. Crowns are made from impressions taken in the East Lansing, MI, dental office and look just like natural teeth. Crowns and dental implants are attached with a small connector called an abutment and function just like the teeth you lost. No matter how many teeth you've lost, dental implants can help you improve your smile.
Dental implants offer important benefits for your smile
Implants provide several advantages that may make them a good option for you, including:
- A Comfortable Restoration Choice: Because your crowns are securely attached to your implants, they won't slip or slide or irritate your gums.
- No Biting Problems: Eating a variety of healthy foods can be a challenge if your new teeth decrease your biting power. Luckily, that's not a problem with dental implants. Your roots give you plenty of power to chew hard, sticky or tough foods.
- A Long-Lasting Option: Once your implants osseointegrate, they'll probably last your entire lifetime.
- Easy Care: Daily brushing and flossing will keep your dental implants in good condition.
- No Jawbone Consequences: The loss of tooth roots decrease stimulation the jawbone needs to remain strong and healthy. If you don't replace your roots, your jawbone may begin to shrink. Eventually, the bone may not be able to support your teeth and muscles. As a result, your teeth could loosen, or the muscles in the lower part of your face might begin to sag. Dental implants provide constant stimulation for your jawbone, helping you avoid these issues.
Complete your smile with dental implants! Call your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Faiver, at (517) 351-7222 to schedule your appointment.
Straight, white, shiny teeth are the hallmark of a great smile, giving you the confidence to flash your grin. But great teeth don't always come naturally, or they become damaged or discolored over the decades. But you can turn back the clock on your smile, or fix the imperfections that are hindering your grin, with porcelain veneers, a sturdy, effective and attractive solution.
At the office of dentist Thomas Faiver in East Lansing, MI you can be fitted with custom veneers that renew the health and look of your teeth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are slim, durable coverings for your natural teeth, which are affixed to the surface to conceal damage.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers can fix a myriad of dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, severe staining or yellowing, uneven spacing or crookedness. Veneers are a quick way to improve your smile, as they don't require surgery, recovery time, or the years that braces or retainers can take to shift your teeth into proper placement.
Your dentist at our East Lansing office will customize your veneers so they fit comfortably, look natural yet beautiful, and allow you to bite, chew and brush comfortably. Veneers help repel the stains from red wine, coffee and tea, and require no extra maintenance -- just brush and floss as usual.
How will my dentist fit me with veneers?
During your appointment at our East Lansing office, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth in order to create the mold used to craft your veneers. This ensures your veneers will fit perfectly. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will scuff the surface of your teeth and apply cement to attach your veneers permanently to your natural teeth.
How do I take care of my veneers?
You will for your teeth just as you normally would, with regular brushing, flossing and twice-annual exams and cleanings at our East Lansing office. As with any dental implement, you should avoid overly hard or sticky foods, which could damage your veneers.
Get the smile you always wanted with veneers from our East Lansing office. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today by calling 517-351-7222.
Everyone wants a straight, bright, and attractive smile, but many of us don't have a naturally perfect set of teeth. But with Invisalign, you can correct any gaps, crookedness, or uneven spacing in your teeth permanently for a life-long beautiful smile.
Dentist Thomas Faiver in East Lansing, MI offers Invisalign that can leave you with a picture-perfect set of teeth. Discover the ways Invisalign can improve your smile.
Invisalign, a series of aligners made from sturdy, flexible clear plastic, fits comfortably over your teeth, snugly but not rigidly. Unlike braces, Invisalign targets a few teeth at a time rather than your full set so you experience less oral pressure and intensity. Your aligners are custom made, so they won't irritate your gums.
Invisalign is clear and discreet, so no one will know you are wearing aligners. Not only is Invisalign inconspicuous, but the aligners can help protect your teeth from staining when you wear them while drinking coffee, tea, or red wine.
At our East Lansing, MI office, you will be given a series of aligners that are worn for a few weeks at a time each, so you won't need to worry about them lasting for months or years. Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating and brushing, and are just as easy to put back on. You will wear your Invisalign for 22 hours of the day, so your aligners will work while you sleep, work, exercise, and relax.
After you have finished your last set of aligners, your teeth should be straight and evenly spaced, and the effects will remain in place for decades to come.
Achieve your best smile with Invisalign. Call your dentist at our East Lansing, MI office today at (517) 351-7222 for a consultation!
Dentures are a highly effective tooth-replacement option. Several types of dentures are available for meeting a wide range of needs. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or a full row, dentures can restore your smile. Dr. Thomas Faiver, the knowledgeable dentist at our office in East Lansing, MI, can determine which denture can best meet your needs.
Types of Dentures
Several kinds of dentures are available but there are two main types known as partial dentures and full or complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some teeth remain. The pontics or artificial teeth, on partial dentures, match up with the empty gaps where teeth are missing. Partial dentures make it possible to fill the gaps in your smile without disturbing the natural teeth. Full or complete dentures are used when replacing an entire row of teeth.
There are two types of partial dentures: transitional and removable. Transitional partial dentures are only meant to be worn temporarily while waiting for permanent dentures. This type of denture is often used following tooth extraction. Transitional dentures allow you to enjoy a full set of teeth while waiting for the gums to heal from extraction. Once the gums have healed, a transitional denture can be replaced with a custom-made removable denture. Since these dentures are custom made they offer a better fit and can be worn long-term.
Types of full or complete dentures include immediate, conventional, and fixed. Immediate dentures serve the same purpose as transitional partials. They allow you to enjoy a full smile while recovering from an extraction procedure. Once the gums have healed, you are ready for a conventional or fixed denture. Conventional full dentures are custom made for a better fit and they conform to your mouth over time.
Fixed dentures, also called implant-supported dentures, are considered to be a state-of-the-art tooth replacement option among dentures. They are permanently and securely held in place by several dental implants rather than an oral adhesive. Fixed dentures will not slip out of place when eating or speaking. A minor surgical procedure is required to place the dental implants and you must have enough bone to support placement. The skilled dentist at our office in East Lansing, MI, can determine if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Benefits of Dentures
No matter what type of denture you choose, whether removable or fixed, you can experience several benefits. In addition to restoring your smile, replacing missing teeth can reverse many of the unwanted side effects associated with tooth loss, such as:
- Filling in the gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss
- Restoring facial contours by providing support for sagging facial muscles
- Improving speech and pronunciation by correcting tongue placement when talking
- Eliminating excess strain on natural teeth by more evenly distributing biting and chewing functions
Dentures can restore your smile and reverse many of the side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Thomas Faiver can help you figure out which denture is best for you. To schedule an appointment with the dentist, call our office in East Lansing, MI, at (517) 351-7222.
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