Did you know that on average, dental implants boast a 98% success rate? What makes them so successful for replacing one or more missing teeth? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain how we approach treating tooth loss with implant dentistry, and help you enjoy a stronger smile.
The Dangers of a Gap in Your Smile
Why should the loss of one or more of your natural teeth concern you? First, this obviously makes negative changes to the appearance of your smile. However, missing teeth also leave gaps that enable teeth to drift from position, causing dental misalignment. The pressure of tooth loss could also make TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) more likely to occur as well. When you lose a tooth, the body will also suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down, losing mass and density and causing further tooth loss and an aged appearance! Fortunately, dental implants help prevent these complications.
The Implant Post
First, the implant post is inserted into the jawbone through oral surgery. Using digital technology, we carefully plan and guide the process. The post, made from titanium, is biocompatible and bonds with the bone tissue through osseointegration. This enables your post to act as a new root, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent an aged appearance or further tooth loss. We will of course look at the mass and density of the jawbone, and watch for the presence of underlying oral health issues, before proceeding to ensure your new root has the chance to truly last!
The Lifelike Restoration
Next, we place the restoration. Once osseointegration has secured the implant post, we will attach an abutment and then a dental crown. The crown will be custom-made from durable and lifelike materials such as ceramic, to ensure not only a lifelike appearance, but a dependable chewing surface too. We want your new tooth to allow you to eat your favorites again, and also smile with confidence. If you have multiple missing teeth, we’ve also used them to secure prosthetics, such as bridges or even a full set of dentures.
The placement helps prevent misalignment and enables you to eat as you did prior to tooth loss. Their long lasting ability means protecting the overall beauty and function of your smile, preventing complications usually linked to tooth loss that has been addressed with traditional bridges or removable dentures.
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
Our team would like to help you maintain a full smile by addressing lost teeth with dental implants, contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. We want you to always smile with pride!