Dental Implants: The Best Solution for Missing Teeth

Posted by Point Loma Family Dentistry on Sep 13 2023, 03:34 AM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Do you long for the confidence to laugh, eat, and speak without worrying about gaps in your mouth? Look no further! Dental implants are here to save the day. Say goodbye to uncomfortable dentures or bridges that never quite feel natural. With dental implants, you can reclaim your smile and enjoy a lifetime of oral health and happiness.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.

The Procedure for Getting Dental Implants

Your dentist will thoroughly assess your oral health and determine if you're a suitable candidate for dental implants. This may involve X-rays or CT scans to evaluate the condition of your jawbone and surrounding tissues. Once you've been deemed eligible for implants, the next step is implant placement surgery. Under local anesthesia, titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. These posts provide a stable foundation for attaching replacement teeth.

After this initial surgery, there is a healing period called osseointegration, when the bone fuses with the implant surface. It usually takes several months for this process to complete. Following successful osseointegration, an abutment is placed on top of each implant post. The abutments act as connectors between the implants and replacement teeth.

Custom-made crowns or dentures are attached to these abutments, restoring function and aesthetics to your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a multitude of benefits that make them the best solution for missing teeth. 

  • First and foremost, dental implants provide a permanent and long-lasting solution. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, which means they won't slip or shift while eating or speaking.
  • Another significant advantage of dental implants is their ability to preserve bone health. When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone can begin to deteriorate over time. However, dental implants stimulate the bone through osseointegration, preventing any further bone loss and preserving facial structure.
  • In addition to these functional benefits, dental implants also have aesthetic advantages. They look and feel just like natural teeth, giving you back your confidence to smile without any self-consciousness. Dental implants can also improve speech by allowing clear pronunciation of words.
  • With proper care and maintenance - including regular brushing and flossing - dental implant patients can enjoy a lifetime of use from their new teeth.

At Point Loma Family Dentistry, our team is dedicated to providing you with excellent dental care in a relaxing atmosphere. To know more about treatments offered by our dentist, call us at (619) 223-3811 and schedule an appointment to visit the dental practice.

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