Are missing teeth affecting your confidence and preventing you from smiling? Missing teeth affect the look and function of your smile. Dental implants are an option when you need to replace a single tooth or when you are missing several teeth in different areas of your mouth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are placed during minor oral surgery. Your dentist embeds a screw-shaped post into the jaw bone to replace the roots of your missing natural tooth. As it heals over several weeks, the bone will fuse with the post, making it a permanent tooth replacement. You will wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made. Your permanent crown will be attached in a final visit, and you will leave with your brand-new tooth.
What Are the Main Advantages of Dental Implants?
If you have lost a tooth, the jawbone is no longer stimulated, which signals to the body that the bone should be reabsorbed. A major benefit of dental implants is that they preserve bone because they act just like your missing tooth roots. Their placement in the bone also ensures that they are very strong and will not move around while you eat or speak.
Your teeth actually support your facial muscles, and this is compromised if you have gaps in your smile. Dental implants make sure that your muscles are supported, which prevents sunken cheeks that can make you look older prematurely. Dental implants also prevent your teeth from shifting into the gaps in your smile, which would affect your tooth alignment.
What Makes Dental Implants A Great Option For You?
Dental implants have many benefits, including:
- Dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that perfectly match your tooth enamel and blend in with the rest of your smile
- Taking care of your implant is easy because all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. No specialized care is required
- The Dental implant will not be susceptible to decay and could last a lifetime with the proper care
Who is A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Missing teeth come with other side effects like bone loss. If you don’t have enough bone density to support an implant, you will have to look into getting a bone graft first. Smoking will interfere with the healing process, so you should quit before getting implants. Another thing to consider is your oral health. Any problems with your gums or cavities in your teeth need to be addressed before you get dental implants.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Abdelhadi, dentist in Los Alimitos, CA.