When you lose a tooth, we may suggest implant dentistry, because these last so much longer than traditional bridges or removable dentures. But what makes them last so long, and offer such a lifelike appearance? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist is going to talk about the benefits of dental implants.
The Causes of Your Missing Teeth
What causes someone to lose one or more of their natural teeth? Well, the factors vary and could include tooth decay and infection that remain untreated. In addition, advanced gum disease could mean the loss of multiple natural teeth too. Finally, an accident or injury could be a factor as well. When we lose teeth, the gaps in our smile cause surrounding ones to drift from position, a complication that could lead to issues like misalignment and even a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For others, missing teeth could upset the balance of your bite, causing issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism.
However, the most dangerous complication of missing teeth is the way the body responds. The body will stop sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing roots. Without these nutrients, the bone in the jaw loses mass and density, causing further tooth loss and in severe cases, an aged appearance!
The Implant Posts
Bridges need crowns, and removable dentures rely on clasps or suction. But dental implants are small, screw-like devices made from titanium, a biocompatible material. We insert them into the jawbone through oral surgery, and they bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. This secures them like a natural root, meaning they have the potential to last decades, or possibly a lifetime, with proper care and attention. This is the reason they last so long, and have a 98% success rate on average!
Restoring Your New Tooth
We would like to touch on the visible part of your new teeth. For an individual dental implant, we will attach an abutment to secure a dental crown. Custom-made from lifelike materials, the crown provides durable chewing surface and looks natural too. If you have multiple missing teeth, then we could use abutments to secure a bridge or even a denture, one that is fixed in place, never slipping or requiring removal for soaking or cleaning. If you have any questions about implant dentistry, or about your candidacy for this tooth replacement option, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
Our team is ready to help you tackle your missing teeth with implant dentistry. To learn more about how we address one or more lost teeth, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.