Fallbrook dentist explains the dental implant restoration process for replacing missing teeth
If you have suffered from tooth loss or are facing upcoming dental extractions, you may be considering your tooth replacement options to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Fortunately, patients have more options than ever before for replacing missing teeth with dental restorations that look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are one of the most popular options because they offer a multitude of benefits that go well beyond a great-looking smile. At the dental practice of James M. Moran DDS in Fallbrook, California, we work with patients to provide customized tooth replacement solutions so they can smile, eat, and speak with confidence again.
Why dental implants are so effective
Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement among patients and dentists alike. Why is this the case? A natural tooth has two main anatomical components: the crown, the visible portion of the tooth above the gumline, and the root, which is embedded into the jawbone, where it keeps the tooth firmly in place while you go about your daily activities. While other tooth replacements like dentures and bridges effectively replace the tooth’s missing crown portion, they require clips, dental crowns, or natural suction to stay in place in the mouth rather than being affixed to the jawbone like a natural tooth. On the other hand, dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth:
- The implant itself is surgically placed into the jawbone by a specialist that Dr. Moran will refer you to. As it heals, it undergoes a process called osseointegration in which the implant fuses with the jawbone to form one strong, stable unit. Then, a small connecting piece called an abutment is attached to the implant, which will be used to secure your new tooth replacement to the implant.
- After the implant has healed, Dr. Moran will finish the implant with a natural-looking, custom restoration using the latest dental materials for beautiful, long-lasting results. Patients missing just one or a couple of teeth may have a dental crown or dental bridge placed on top of their implant(s). In contrast, patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth can have a custom denture affixed to as few as four dental implants that are placed in strategic locations in the mouth.
Actual Patient Results
Because dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth, rather than just the crown, they offer multiple benefits for patients who have experienced tooth loss:
- Comfort and function: With a dental implant, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions, and there are no worries about the restoration slipping or falling out while you are eating or speaking
- Oral health: After tooth loss, people can face a variety of oral health problems such as increased gum disease, shifting teeth in their mouth leading to misalignment problems, and deterioration of their jawbone; however, dental implants can prevent all of these issues from occurring
- Durability: Dental implants do not require special care beyond routine brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, and with good care, they can last for the rest of your life
Learn whether you are a good candidate for dental implants
If you have experienced tooth loss, Dr. James Moran can help create a customized tooth replacement plan tailored to your needs. To schedule your appointment at our Fallbrook, CA office, call (760) 284-8477 today!
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