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Dental Implants – The answer to missing teeth

Feeling incomplete?

If you’re missing a tooth or more due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury, then you’re probably trying your best not to smile to anyone. In addition to this, eating isn’t a very pleasant experience either and you probably encounter difficulty when chewing.

No need to worry though, because there’s an effective way to replace your missing teeth. The answer is dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the solution of choice for people who want to address one or more missing teeth. This treatment is also a good option for people who are about to lose their teeth due to decay or severe periodontal disease.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth-root that is inserted into the one’s jawbone,  which thereby acts as an anchor to support a new tooth or several teeth.

Dental implants are usually made up of three parts:

  • Titanium base – this is the tooth-root replacement that joins with the jawbone
  • Abutment (or implant post) – connected to the titanium base which protrudes from the gum line
  • Crown (or denture) – resembles a natural tooth and is placed on top of the abutment to form the new tooth replacement

Benefits of using dental implants

A lot of dentists recommend dental implants because of their many advantages. These include:

  • Confidence – With your dental implant in place, you can now smile with more confidence and enjoy your favourite food without worrying one bit.
  • Aesthetic factors – Dental implants look very similar to your own teeth. They also feel natural as well. No one will ever notice that you had a tooth replacement.
  • Dental health – Dental implants don’t pose any risks into your adjacent teeth. Since the dentist doesn’t have to trim the adjacent teeth to support the implant, unlike a bridge they do with a bridge. So this means that the neighboring teeth are untouched and safe.
  • Effectiveness – Dental implants have a high success rate and are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement
  • Bone preservation- Dental Implants preserve the bone in the area they are placed into. When you loose a tooth the body automatically resorbs bone around the area the tooth used to be. With an Implant in place the body preserves the bone around that area and the surrounding tooth.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

Are you getting convinced about dental implants? If so, check out these conditions first to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant treatment.

In order for you to get a dental implant, you have to be in good general and oral health. Your jaw has to have adequate bone density in order to support the implant. You also need healthy gums that are free of periodontal disease.

Keep in mind that getting dental implants is a very precise procedure because they are intimately connected with your gum tissue and underlying bones. Therefore, consult only with an experienced periodontist.

To find out more about this procedure and to schedule a consultation, visit our office at http://www.socalsmiles.net/appointments.

Posted by: SoCal Smiles Dentistry
Posted on: December 28th, 2011

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