It might not be fair or accurate, but missing teeth affect the impressions other people form about a person, from hygiene, health, lifestyle, and education to employment. Missing teeth also impact your quality of life through dietary restrictions and speech barriers. Dental implants are a lasting solution – the closest to real teeth that modern dentistry presently offers – and they are available at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA.
Understanding the tooth implant concept
A partial denture or dental bridge replaces the crown of a missing tooth, which is the part that shows when you smile and tears or grinds food. A dental implant is the only method that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The tooth implant process involves precisely placing a small cylinder of biocompatible material into jawbone, where it becomes solidly fused. The implant is then finished with a porcelain crown, for a natural-looking and fully-functional tooth.
Since the implant become part of your body, with good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, it can last as long as you do!
The versatile dental implant
While stand-alone restorations are the most common way dental implants are used, there are additional ways to replace missing teeth with dental implants:
- Two implants can anchor a dental bridge, replacing up to five consecutive missing teeth without the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth
- Immediate dental implants are placed at the time of teeth removal, eliminating the need for multiple oral surgeries; depending on your situation, immediate dental implants may be “loaded” right away, so you do not have to go without teeth
- Mini implants are specially designed to hold a full arch of teeth; an implant-retained denture has a much higher level of stability and comfort than a conventional “floating” denture
How Newport Beach, CA patients benefit from dental implants
Each time you bite with a real tooth, the root provides stimulation for strong, dense bone mass. An implant mimics this function, helping to preserve facial bone and avoid the appearance of a collapsed mouth. Implants are easy to care for – just brush and floss normally. Plus, dental implant cost is affordable, considering the longevity of the treatment. Don’t let a gap keep you from smiling. See Dr. Ravera in Newport Beach, CA for dental implants – 949-877-3606.