Dental implants are a state-of-the-art method for replacing teeth that have either fallen our or been extracted. They work similarly to natural tooth roots by anchoring prosthetic teeth in place. Whether you are only missing one tooth or many, dental implants are a highly effective way to restore your smile. Dr. Michael Klein, the experienced dentist at our practice in Encinitas, CA, can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that hold prosthetic teeth in place, much like the roots of natural teeth. They resemble screws and are surgically implanted in the jaw bone. After being placed directly in the bone, the dental implant and bone tissue begin fusing together through a natural process known as osseointegration. Within a few months, the implant and bone will be permanently fused together, which is one of the reasons dental implants are a secure and long-lasting tooth replacement method.
Several dental implants can be used to anchor bridgework or dentures in place when multiple teeth are missing. In some cases, all it takes are four implants to support a full arch of artificial teeth. When only one tooth needs to be replaced, a single implant can be topped with a dental crown.
Individuals interested in restoring their smile through this exciting method will need to have enough bone to support the placement of dental implants. Having healthy gums is also important since a small incision is made in the gums to place the implants. The skilled dentist at our office in Encinitas can determine if dental implants are an option for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous benefits. Not only can they restore your smile, but they are also completely secure, extremely durable, and long-lasting. Since they can be used with dental crowns, bridgework, or dentures, dental implants are also quite versatile. Additionally, they help preserve bone tissue. Bone loss tends to occur following tooth loss. Bone that is not supporting teeth is reabsorbed by the body. Since dental implants fuse with bone tissue, they help stabilize it and prevent additional bone loss.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they minimize or reverse some of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. For example, facial drooping and sagging can occur when there are not enough teeth to support the muscles in the face. Dental implants remedy this by filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss. Other ways dental implants help include reducing strain on existing teeth that were compensating for missing ones and improving speech affected by the gaps in your smile.
With all the benefits they offer, dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred way to restore your smile. Dr. Klein can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and help you decide if they are the right option for you. To schedule an appointment with our exceptional dentist, call the office in Encinitas, CA at (760) 634-2082.