If you are missing teeth, you may be thinking that dentures are your only option.
We have good news for you.
Dental implants are a new technique that allows us to replace your missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function just like your own natural teeth would. The implants blend in so well with your other teeth that nobody will ever know the difference.
What Are Dental Implants?
The main part of a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the spot where your missing tooth used to be by our periodontist, Dr. Teboul. The part of the implant that remains visible above the gum is covered by a piece called an abutment. The part that looks like a tooth, the crown, is attached to the abutment.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants do cost more than dentures or bridges, and some insurance companies do not pay for them. So why should you get dental implants instead of another tooth replacement option?
It’s important to understand the role that your teeth’s roots play in the structure of your mouth. As long as your roots are present, the bone and other tissues of your jaw constantly renew and stay strong.
When you lose a tooth and the root is no longer there, the tissue in your jaw is no longer stimulated to renew and begins to reabsorb. The bone sinks and becomes less dense. In time, your other teeth begin to drift slightly and may become loose. As the process continues, you may lose more teeth and the bone in your jaw will deteriorate further, changing the shape of your face.
The titanium post of your implant functions just like a root. Once it is placed, the deterioration process comes to a halt and your tissue is stimulated to continue renewing itself once again.
Additional Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to this important feature, dental implants also look virtually identical to natural teeth. Unlike dentures, they are longer lasting solution. You’ll never have to worry about them slipping, and you will be able to eat any type of food you choose.
Caring for dental implants is as simple as caring for your own teeth. All they need is regular brushing and flossing to keep them looking nice and routine examinations and cleanings to make sure that the posts and the crowns are in great shape.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Just about anyone who is missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. If the bone in your jaw has already deteriorated, we can discuss procedures to build up the bone to successfully place your implant. Both Dr. Teboul and Dr. Aminpour are skilled in bone grafting, a procedure in which synthetic bone, donor bone, or bone tissue harvested from your own body is used to restore the bone in your jaw. In time, the donor tissue is integrated into your jawbone, and the site will be ready for dental implant placement.
Call Lomita-Torrance Dental today to discuss how dental implants can help you and to find out about our financing options.