Why Dental Implants are the Best Solution for Missing Teeth
Posted by OC ADVANCED PERIODONTICS on Oct 12 2023, 10:17 AM
If you find yourself missing one or more teeth, you may be searching for the best solution to restore your smile and regain your confidence. Look no further – dental implants are here to save the day (and your teeth)!
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
The process of getting dental implants involves several steps to ensure a successful outcome.
First, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and take X-rays or CT scans to assess the condition of your jawbone and determine if you are a suitable candidate for implants. Next, if necessary, any remaining damaged teeth or roots will be removed before the implant procedure can begin. Afterward, the dentist will surgically place the titanium implant into the jawbone. This acts as a replacement root for your missing tooth or teeth.
Once the implant is in place, there is a healing period during which osseointegration occurs. This is when the surrounding bone fuses with the implant, creating a stable foundation for your new tooth restoration.
After sufficient healing time has passed, an abutment will be attached to secure and support your crown (the visible part of your artificial tooth). Impressions will be taken to create custom-made crowns that match your natural teeth in size and color. Once everything has been fabricated and checked for fit and aesthetics, it's time for placement! The crowns are securely attached to the abutments on top of each implant post.
Throughout this entire process, it's essential to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. Proper oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining healthy gums around the implants.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Natural and Aesthetically Pleasing: One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge. This results in a seamless smile that blends in with your existing teeth.
- Improved Speech and Comfort: Unlike dentures, which can slip or cause speech difficulties, dental implants are securely anchored in place. This allows you to speak naturally without any concerns about your teeth shifting or falling out.
- Enhanced Chewing Ability: With missing teeth, it can be challenging to enjoy certain foods due to reduced chewing ability. But dental implants function just like real teeth, allowing you to bite into and chew even tough or crunchy foods with confidence.
- Long-lasting Solution: While other tooth replacement options may need adjustments or replacements over time, dental implants are designed to last for many years with proper care and maintenance. They offer a permanent solution that eliminates the need for frequent visits to the dentist.
- Preserve Jawbone Density: When you have missing teeth, the jawbone can start deteriorating due to lack of stimulation from chewing forces. Dental implants stimulate bone growth and help preserve jawbone density, preventing further bone loss.
- Restores Facial Structure: Tooth loss can lead to sagging facial features and an aged appearance over time as the underlying structures weaken without support from healthy teeth roots. Dental implants provide support for your facial structure by maintaining bone density and preventing these changes from occurring.
To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huston at OC Advanced Periodontics by calling (714) 730-7877 or visiting us at 1076 E 1st St STE F, Tustin, CA 92780.