Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots to support one or more false teeth. At Monterey Peninsula Smiles, the implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone, allowing it to heal and fuse with the bone. Once this occurs, your oral surgeon can attach a custom-crafted porcelain crown to the post. This restores the look and function of the missing tooth or teeth and helps to prevent further deterioration of the jaw. Plus, unlike bridges or dentures, you don’t have to remove them while you eat or brush your teeth. You can also have as many implants as you want to be placed at once to replace all your missing teeth! Finally, they are permanent, so they will last you the rest of your life if you take care of them by practicing good oral hygiene.
The Dental Implant Procedure
First, the dentist will examine your mouth to ensure you’re a candidate for implants. Then your dentist will place the titanium implant post into your jawbone beneath the gums. Over several weeks, the implant and jawbone will fuse to become a permanent part of your smile.
Finally, your dentist can attach an abutment to the post. This will connect the post to your replacement tooth or teeth. The dentist can then attach a crown to the abutment to restore the look of a missing tooth in the arch. If a patient is missing several teeth in a row, they could replace all of them with one or two dental implants and a dental bridge.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Improve Your Life
Dental implants can provide dramatic improvements to your life. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may have difficulty eating the foods you love or speaking with your friends. With dental implants, you’ll be able to get back to your everyday life and once again eat what you want and communicate with ease. You’ll feel happier and more self-confident as a result.
Restore Your Smile
Dental implants are just one option to restore your smile after tooth loss. However, it’s one of the most durable and long-lasting solutions available. With implants, you’ll never have to worry about your smile again. You’ll enjoy a lifetime of great-looking teeth and the confidence that comes from that.
Prevent Bone Deterioration
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath it deteriorates over time. This is because the jawbone needs that tooth root to stimulate blood flow. Without this stimulation, bone deterioration occurs. Placing an implant into the socket prevents the jaw from deteriorating and protects your oral health.
Missing teeth are more than an aesthetic issue – they can also make you look older than you are. To discover more about implants, visit Monterey Peninsula Smiles at 3154 De Forest Rd Suite A, Marina 93933.