Tooth loss is a widespread issue for millions of Americans. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, statistics show that nearly 180 million American adults are missing at least one tooth, and as many as 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. And the risk of tooth loss just increases as you age (although it can and does happen at any age).
Dental implants are the closest replacement option available to natural teeth, and they can improve your smile and your oral health in many ways. At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, our prosthodontist Dr. Ramin Mahallati and our dental team offer dental implants and a range of preventive and cosmetic dentistry options at our office in Beverly Hills, California.
Here are some of the benefits and advantages of choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, the bone that supported the tooth begins to recede. Bone loss can increase your risk of oral health problems like gum disease and affect the stability of your other teeth as well. A dental implant acts like the root of a natural tooth, preserving healthy bone tissue and anchoring the cosmetic crown in place.
The process for dental implants takes longer and is more invasive than other types of dental restorations. The implant must be placed in your gums, followed by a healing and recovery period until the dental crown can be attached. Once in place, you don’t have to worry about adhesives or a loose fit. The implant securely holds the crown so that it looks and feels just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants require care, including dental checkups and cleanings. The cosmetic crown may require updating at some point, but implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss. If you practice optimal oral health, your implants can last decades.
Even a single missing tooth can affect your ability to eat and speak clearly. Whether your tooth loss is recent or you’ve been living with missing teeth for years, dental implants resolve the health and quality of life issues caused by missing teeth. Once they’ve healed, you can continue to eat your favorite foods without worry, as long as you remember to brush and floss after!
For more information about the benefits of dental implants and whether they’re a good option for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahallati and our team at our office in Beverly Hills.