Point Loma Dentistry offers dental implant procedures that will enrich the appearance of your smile and improve the overall quality of life. A well-performing smile is necessary for eating, talking, and other daily activities. When teeth are missing, space needs to be filled in to maintain the outline and fullness of a person’s face. Dental Implants offer a practical, lasting solution to ensure comfort and appearance.
What to Expect From a Dental Implant Procedure?
The dental implant procedure makes use of a prosthetic fixture often made of titanium that is surgically placed beneath the gum tissue. The titanium implant is drilled into the bone to create a false root that can serve as a foundation for a bridge, crown, or dentures.
This treatment is a lengthy process and needs several months for completion. After the titanium root is fixed into the jaw bone, the implant site needs to heal for four to six months. A slight amount of discomfort can be expected during this healing period. Once the healing is completed, the top portion of the implant is exposed so that the final restoration can be placed over it. If a single tooth is restored, then a crown is used for the restoration. When multiple teeth are missing, then a bridge or dentures are recommended. All restorations are customized to ensure a secure, cozy fit. These permanent restorations, besides giving a natural appearance, also function as the normal tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Tooth loss can be distressing since it affects the appearance and function of the mouth. In addition, when one or more teeth are missing, it can lead to other oral cavity problems in the mouth. For instance, conditions like bone loss and gum recession at the missing tooth site can adversely impact the neighboring teeth, causing the remaining teeth to shift. Once the teeth start moving, it can affect the person’s bite, making it difficult to chew or talk. In addition, these bite problems can increase the stress on the remaining teeth and sooner or later cause problems to the jaw joint.
A few reasons why patients opt for dental implants over other restoration services include:
- Implants protect the bone density and integrity below the gumline.
- They help retain facial structure and appearance by preventing bone loss.
- The damage to adjacent teeth is prevented by avoiding bridges.
- They offer better fit and function than dentures.
- The speech and eating ability is improved.
- They help protect the health and stability of the remaining teeth.
If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to call us at (619) 223-3811 to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Louis Paulerio.