If you have one or more missing teeth, you have options to fill the gaps. Traditional bridges and dentures may do the trick, but they’re not right for everyone. Because of discomfort, soreness, poor mouth structure, or other reasons, you may need a different dental restoration choice.
Dental Implants are the best choice in replacing missing teeth because they do not affect the other teeth as traditional bridges do. With traditional bridges, the teeth adjacent to the empty space are ground down in order to attach the fake tooth. Dental implants may be the best choice for replacing missing teeth instead of bridges and dentures or when ordinary bridges and dentures don’t work. Implants also protect your jawbone — something bridges and dentures can’t do.
At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, you can count on prosthodontist Ramin Mahallati, DDS, to fit you for dental implants, creating a permanent, aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth.
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement procedure that mimics your entire tooth structure. Dr. Mahallati inserts a titanium “root” into your jawbone that later supports a crown (artificial tooth). A dental implant looks, feels, and acts like a real tooth, and — if properly cared for — can last a lifetime.
Dr. Mahallati provides you with hygiene instructions after your implant procedure.
Because of their advantages, dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option for most patients. The most significant benefit of dental implants is the solid support they provide for your new teeth — accomplished by allowing your jawbone to heal tightly around the implant, a process that can take several months.
Dental implants are an effective alternative to dentures or bridgework, which don’t always fit as well or work for every person. Additionally, when you’re missing the root of your tooth, implants serve as a healthier replacement that mimics a real tooth.
Here are five reasons that we at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry believe make dental implants the best choice for replacing missing teeth:
With implants, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a natural tooth and your implanted one. Dental implants restore chewing power, and you can brush and floss normally.
After Dr. Mahallati inserts the metal post, your jawbone fuses with the the dental implant. This process provides a solid base for your new artificial tooth (crown), very similar to the base that roots provide for natural teeth.
Unlike dentures or bridgework, dental implants are permanent. With excellent oral hygiene, your implants can last forever.
Ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on both sides of the gap formed by the missing tooth. With implants, we don’t need to prepare or grind down adjacent teeth to stabilize your replacements, as we do with bridges.
Where there is no tooth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate — it can lose up to 25% of its volume in one year if the tooth is not replaced with an implant. Because dental implants replace the root as well as the tooth, they promote preservation of the bone.
If you have sufficient jawbone mass to support an implant, Dr. Mahallati performs the dental implant procedure in four steps. These procedures include:
You’ll undergo these procedures in stages with healing time in between.
If you’re looking for the best way to replace missing teeth, call us or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mahallati guides you through the dental implant process and helps you decide if implants are the right choice for you.