Dental implants offer a highly effective, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth to reestablish a fully functional and attractive smile. With a wide range of applications, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the upper and/or lower teeth.
What are the benefits of replacing lost or missing teeth with dental implants?
When teeth are missing, a series of changes that can impact your overall dental health and jaw function may begin to develop. The adjacent teeth may start to drift or tilt into the space, and teeth in the opposing jaw may start to shift toward the area of the missing tooth. It is therefore important to replace either the single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing from this area. Dental implants represent the most advanced option in care for the replacement of missing teeth. With a dental implant, the shifting or drifting of teeth can be prevented, missing teeth replaced, and full function restored.
Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional methods of tooth replacement including:
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small, biocompatible post that is surgically positioned by means of a minimally invasive procedure into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once healing takes place and the implant integrates with the bone, it behaves in much the same way as the root of a natural tooth to provide support for an aesthetically appealing dental crown or bridge. A period ranging from 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant via a process known as osseointegration.
Who is a candidate for a dental implant procedure?
According to clinical studies, dental implants have a demonstrated long-term success rate of well over 95%. One key to the success and longevity of a dental implant is that sufficient bone is present to provide stable support for the implanted surgical post. If insufficient bone is present, a bone grafting procedure is often recommended prior to the placement of a dental implant. Additionally, candidates for dental implants should be free of periodontal disease and be aware that a continued, effective oral hygiene routine and care is necessary to maintain a strong and functional implant.
Treatment Planning for Dental Implants
Treatment planning a patient for the precise placement of a dental implant involves advanced scanning technology and software to map out the details of care from both a prosthetic and surgical prospective. In this way a case can be planned and meticulously executed from the beginning with the final restoration in mind. With advances in implant dentistry multiple approaches to care are now being offered. In certain cases an implant can be placed at the same time a dental extraction is performed. This procedure is known as, “immediate dental implant placement.” Additionally, it is also sometimes possible to place “same-day dental implants.” With this procedure a temporary crown or bridge can be attached to the implants at the same time they are placed. In all cases, complete healing and osseointegration is required before the placement of the final prosthesis.
Are you searching for a permanent and aesthetic replacement for missing teeth? Contact Finesse Dental Care today to learn more about our custom dental implants in Westlake Village, California. Drs. Hever and Stout can provide you with implants that match your natural teeth so that you can smile without feeling self-conscious about your teeth (or lack thereof). Call (805) 742-4749 to arrange your consultation with our experienced dentists.