When it comes to your oral health, appearance, and general quality of life, having a complete smile makes a big difference. To maintain all three, it’s essential to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, and an entire arch if necessary. In the past, dentists were only able to replace teeth above the gum line, but now dentists like Dr. Megan Shelton can replace everything down to the root structure, using dental implants in our Carlsbad, CA dental office! This is key to helping you restore your smile’s functions to the fullest.
Since dental implants are designed to integrate with your natural jawbone, they’re capable of becoming indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Once the biocompatible titanium has fully integrated with the bone, your bone will remain stimulated and you can experience your fullest biting force possible! This makes eating all types of foods easy once again, while still maintaining your most natural appearance.
Another notable benefit is how replacing the root allows blood to flow back to the face and cheeks. When teeth are missing, it’s typical for the cheeks to appear hollow and for skin to prematurely sag due to the lack of blood flow. Replacing the roots allows this process to continue, helping you prevent the early and most common stages of aging.
On average, the procedure for dental implants has a success rate as high as 98 percent, even for patients who have had implants for over 10 years! This makes it the most reliable tooth replacement option to date.
Remember, dental implants are just as ideal for those trying to replace multiple or all of their teeth! Here’s how your dentist makes it happen.
Single teeth are replaced by opening gum tissue, placing the implant into the jaw, closing the tissue, then allowing three to six months for the implant to heal and integrate with the bone. Once completed, Dr. Shelton will place an implant-retained crown on top to complete your smile.
Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge. However, this dental bridge does not make use of neighboring teeth to anchor it in place. Instead, the restoration is fitted with dental implants on either side with the center tooth (or teeth) acting as a bridge between the implant-retained crowns.
By utilizing four to six dental implants, your dentist can customize a partial or full denture to create a better-fitting prosthetic overall. Implant-retained dentures prevent the need for changing your traditional denture out every several years or the need for denture adhesives to keep your denture in place.
A different dental office might need to refer you to an outside oral surgeon for implant placement. That isn’t the case at Polished General Dentistry, where both the placement and restoration of dental implants are performed on location, thus letting our patients enjoy the convenience of having the entire procedure handled by a dental team that they already know and are familiar with. This also means we can answer any and all questions you have about the implant process.
It’s important to keep in mind that dental implants are considered a long-term investment. Unlike bridges or dentures which typically require routine replacement, dental implants can easily last anywhere from 30 years to a lifetime when properly maintained.
With that being said, the cost will vary depending on your needs as well as the restoration you choose. If you need to increase the amount of bone volume in your jaw via a bone graft or make room to place implants via a sinus lift, these preparatory procedures can affect your total cost. The cost of materials like the abutment, which is necessary for connecting the crowns to the implants, can also vary.
To learn more about the process and determine what your needs are, schedule a consultation with your implant dentist today!
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