Dental implants may be an appropriate treatment for patients who want to replace missing teeth. Unlike all other dental prosthetics, this treatment replaces not only the visible portion of your tooth, but also restores its missing roots. Whether you wish to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be well suited to your needs.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are composed of a three-part tooth replacement solution. The true dental implant is a titanium post that your dentist will implant into your jawbone. Within several months, you will heal as the post fuses to your jaw tissue during a process called osseointegration, replacing your tooth’s missing roots. Next, we will place an abutment onto the post, which rests above your gum line. This piece connects your restoration – the visible portion of your tooth replacement – to your implant. Restorations may include dental crowns for individual tooth replacement, or implant-retained prosthetics like dentures to replace multiple teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
By replacing your entire tooth, including the roots, you gain several advantages over alternative prosthetic solutions. The benefits include:
- The roots of your natural teeth stimulate your jawbone, which signals your body to send nutrients that keep it healthy and strong enough to support teeth. By replacing your roots, you restore this process, which prevents potential jawbone deterioration.
- Implants offer the greatest level of stability from dental prosthetics.
- Your stable tooth replacement will allow you to chew and speak with complete comfort and confidence.
- Implants act as placeholders, preventing surrounding teeth from shifting into the open space.
- Dental implants may last a lifetime, and the restorations are also durable, with proper care.
- Though they require a greater initial investment, they also offer the most cost-effective teeth replacement solution in the long run.
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
Implant placement requires a healthy, strong, dense jawbone. Your dentist will examine your oral cavity and utilize advanced imaging, including digital X-rays, to take a closer look at your jaw. If your bone tissue has deteriorated, we may suggest bone grafting, which may strengthen your jaw enough to support implants.
Schedule a Consultation About Dental Implants With Us
For patients seeking a complete tooth replacement that restores the tooth from roots to crown, consider dental implants. For more information, please contact one of our Riverside Dental Group offices. We have locations in Corona, Moreno Valley, Riverside, and Temecula.