Dental Implants

There are many reasons for losing a tooth, but there is no reason for you to deny yourself the quality of life and the joy of having a healthy mouth as a result of it. Thanks to dental Implants, speaking, eating difficulties or smile phobia are now a thing of the past. Crowns, conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth, you now have the power of dental implant restorations that feel, look and function as your own natural teeth.
Not long ago, once a tooth was lost, there was no other option but to either bridge that gap with a fixed (dental Bridge) or removable (Partial Denture) prosthesis. Dental bridges and Partial Dentures are still viable options to replace a missing tooth, but each has its own challenges and contraindications.
Dental Bridges require reduction and modification of at least the two adjacent teeth neighboring the missing tooth to accommodate for support and placement of the pontic (the manufactured crown replacing the missing tooth). Reduction and modification of a healthy tooth will compromise its health and longevity since most of the enamel (the outer protective layer of teeth) will be removed during the preparation of a bridge. Also, since a Dental Bridge consists of at least three side-by-side connected crowns, the patient's ability to brush and floss the site will be compromised as well. And this, sometimes, will lead to recurrence of caries (bacterial infection of tooth structure) also known as a "cavity" which in turn will result in patients having to redo the bridge. On average, a Dental Bridge must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and each replacement further compromises the overall health of the abutments (the two adjacent teeth providing the support for the bridge).
Partial Dentures, on the other hand, do not require significant modification of other teeth, but they also present some challenges for the patient wearing them. Since Partial Dentures are not permanently fixed in the mouth, they can be displaced during functions such as chewing and even talking causing discomfort and embarrassment for the patient. Also, Partial Dentures obtain their support mostly from the soft tissue (gum) therefore, they do not provide adequate strength for chewing food which could result in malnutrition of the patient. Partial Dentures often interfere with speech patterns and usually are not cosmetically appealing.
Dental implants, on the other hand, offer longevity, stability and the strength compatible to your own dentition. As a lone standing restoration, Dental Implants do not require modification of any other teeth therefore preserving the health of the entire dentition. The Titanium alloy used to make Dental Implants is so biologically compatible with osseous (bony) structure that it integrates smoothly inside the bone and becomes a permanent part of the jaw. Because Dental Implants fuse to natural bone structure, they can provide that great strength and stability that is only expected from natural dentition. Dental implants can last a life-time if cared for properly. They also provide the feel and looks of one's natural dentition.

To know more and to see if you are a candidate for dental implants E-mail us today or call (949) 916-4500 to make an appointment.