Dental Implants | Lawndale CA
Dental Implants Are the Treatment of Choice for People Missing Teeth
After remarkable advances in dentistry in recent years, dental implants have become a treatment of choice for people missing one, a few, or all of their teeth, and for those with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease. Dental implants look and perform more like natural teeth. They are rooted in the bone, there is no artificial plastic on the roof of the mouth, and the need for adhesives and denture creams is eliminated. More importantly, the use of dental implants does not impact healthy, adjacent teeth.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are long-lasting tooth root replacements that oral surgeons implant into the jaw bone to simulate the root of a pre-existing tooth. For qualified patients, replacement teeth then can be restored immediately, returning a spectacular smile quickly—usually on the same day. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t move or shift, and they can last a lifetime.
A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts:
- the titanium implant that fuses with the jaw bone;
- the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and
- the crown, which is created by and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
Illustrations of the three dental implant components
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Replace Multiple Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Dental implants are an ideal solution for those who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma, or because of periodontal disease or decay. Dental implants prevent the need to alter existing healthy teeth and allow for better stimulation of the jaw bone, while providing a natural look and feel.
Illustrations of dental implant missing teeth replacement options
Even people with good dental hygiene over the years may face dental problems as they grow older. Many of the modern drugs we take as adults lead to dry mouth or other symptoms that impact our ability to fight cavities. Even with good dental care, many older people face the loss of multiple teeth as they age. Having many missing teeth is not only a problem for how you look and feel, but can also be detrimental your health. Replacing these teeth is very important.
Dental implants are the Preferred Solution for Replacing Several Missing Teeth
Just as with one missing tooth, several missing teeth can be successfully treated with dental implants. Implant-supported teeth are permanently fixed in the mouth, unlike removable appliances like dentures. They don’t slip or click, and there is no worry about them moving or falling out when speaking, eating, or participating in activities. And because dental implants are placed directly into the bone, they help preserve the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and can last a lifetime. For more information about replacing missing teeth, visit our Replace Missing Teeth page »
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Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants:
In the past, traditional tooth-supported bridges have been a primary method for replacing several missing teeth. The bridge must be supported by adjacent healthy teeth, which must be ground down and capped. These capped teeth then are used to support the bridge across the space where the teeth are missing. The capped teeth are weakened in the process, and often fail over time, creating more dental problems.
The bridge does not address the problem of bone loss. The bone in the area where the teeth are missing will continue to deteriorate, and eventually cause other problems.
Illustration of dental bridge and dental implant missing tooth replacement options
Dental implants are placed directly into the bone where the teeth are missing, and do not involve the adjacent healthy teeth. Dental implants also prevent or reduce the further loss of bone, and can last a lifetime, making dental implants superior vs. a dental bridge.
Additional Advantages of Dental Implants to replace missing teeth:
- Replacing three teeth with implant-supported fixed bridge. No healthy teeth are compromised.
- Replacing two teeth with a traditional tooth-supported fixed bridge. Two healthy teeth must be compromised for the stability of the bridge.
Better Than Dentures: Implants Vs. Dentures
Partial Denture Disadvantages
- Many people who wear partial dentures say they are reluctant to smile, laugh or even speak in public because they are afraid their denture may slip, or that the wires may show.
- Partial dentures can greatly impact your ability to eat what you like, especially in public. Many people do not like the feeling of metal and plastic in their mouths.
- Just like bridges, dentures do nothing to prevent loss of bone in the jaw.
- Many people tolerate dentures because they think they have no other viable options.
Replacing six teeth with a traditional, removable partial denture. Another traditional approach to treating multiple missing teeth has been to use partial dentures. These are appliances made of plastic and metal that clip to adjacent healthy teeth in order to fill the gaps created by missing teeth. Partial dentures are much more cosmetic than they are functional, and they still often lead to embarrassment.
Illustration of how dental implants and a denture can replace missing teeth
Call Vadadent Modern Dental Group Phone Number 310-371-4104 with any questions and to schedule your dental implants consultation.