More than half of Americans will have lost one or more teeth by the time they reach their middle years.The most common causes for tooth loss include gum disease, tooth decay, sports injuries, automobile collisions, and accidental falls. However, the result is always the same: that missing tooth can have an adverse impact your quality of life and your overall appearance. Missing teeth make it harder to speak and eat normally. They also increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease which could lead to significant health problems later in life. Traditionally, dental professionals have used removable bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth and while these solutions work for some people, other want a solution that offers more stability. That solution just might be dental implants.

The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Implants refer to an artificial tooth root resembling a metal screw. During a dental surgery procedure, your dentist literally implants these screws into your jaw. After the bone heals around the implant securing it into place in a process called osseointegration, your dentist will top the screw off with a dental crown, which perfectly blends in with your natural teeth. Most dental implants are constructed of medical-grade titanium, a strong, biocompatible metal.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Fitting your mouth for a bridge requires your dentist to prepare and shape the teeth neighboring the gap in order to secure a correct fit. This process removes precious layers of enamel, making those teeth vulnerable to decay. Dentures have to be constantly adjusted in order to maintain a snug fit and their tendency to slip and move can impact everything from your confidence in speaking to your ability to eat normal foods. Implants offer a secure, stable, and permanent solution to repairing a broken smile.

Will Dental Implants Work for Me?

The only way to know is to schedule an appointment with your general dentist. Together you can determine whether the underlying bone structure in your mouth will support dental implant surgery. To schedule a consultation with one of our Riverside Dental Group associates, please contact our office at (951) 369-1001.