Benefits of dental implants explained by Newport Beach, CA dentist
For many years, people suffering from tooth loss had limited options for replacing their missing teeth, but fortunately, thanks to modern dental advances, patients now have many long-lasting, beautiful-looking tooth restoration choices. Among those are dental implants, which are often touted as the “gold standard” of tooth replacement – and for good reason. Dental implants offer many benefits to patients who use them to restore missing teeth; below, Dr. John Ravera, dentist in Newport Beach, CA, explains these benefits and why many patients are opting for dental implants.
How dental implants work
Part of what makes dental implants such a successful tooth replacement option is the way they are designed to work. An implant consists of a post that is surgically placed in your jawbone, where it fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration to form one unit, much like a healthy tooth root would. After the implant site has healed and osseointegration has taken place, a connecting piece called an abutment is placed on the implant post and an artificial tooth such as a crown is placed on the abutment. The result is a new tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth because it is integrated with your bone structure.
Benefits of dental implants
People choose dental implants as their tooth restoration of choice for a variety of reasons:
- They provide unparalleled strength and function, so you can truly enjoy all your favorite foods without worry
- With good oral hygiene and care, they can last a lifetime
- There is no chance of slipping or falling out like there is with dentures
- The treatment only affects the missing tooth, rather than requiring the removal of healthy tooth structure from the neighboring teeth as bridges do, or covering up the soft tissues and gums in your mouth with dentures, which can lead to sores and irritation
- In some cases, the implant can be placed on the same day your tooth is extracted, reducing the number of appointments that you need
- They are versatile: they can be used to replace one missing tooth, anchor a dental bridge to support up to five missing teeth in a row without damaging healthy teeth, and can even be strategically used to stabilize and support a denture
- They help keep your jawbone healthy by stimulating it each time you eat, rather than other tooth replacement options which will lead to bone deterioration over time
- They can help keep you looking young by avoiding the “sunken-in” appearance to your cheeks that missing teeth and bone loss can cause
A solid investment
A big factor in the decision for many patients is cost. While dental implants can have a bigger up-front cost than other options, the financial commitment can really pay off over time because they can truly last a lifetime with good oral care, whereas other tooth replacement options tend to need to be replaced over time. In addition, there are no special adhesives, cleaners, or other day-to-day expenses involved in dental implants – once you have them placed and they have healed, you will hardly know they are there and they simply require the same care as your natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for me?
There are many factors that determine whether a specific type of tooth restoration will be a good choice for a patient, and dental implants are no exception. One of the key considerations with dental implants is whether you have enough healthy jawbone in the area to support the dental implant. Without ample bone, the implant cannot fuse fully, and the implant can fail. If you have been missing a tooth in that spot for a long time and the jawbone has deteriorated, or if the tooth was lost due to advanced gum disease or decay, a bone graft may be necessary to rebuild the jawbone sufficiently before a dental implant can be placed.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether you are a good candidate for one or more implants, we encourage you to call John Ravera D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a personalized consultation today. Our Newport Beach, CA office can be reached at 949-877-3606 if you are a new patient, or existing patients can call 949-706-7097 . We look forward to helping you restore your smile!Back to Dental Implants Page