A dental implant is a titanium screw designed to replace the root of a tooth. At La Mesa Dental Services, implants are surgically implanted into the jaw's bone. The implant is then restored with a crown or bridge in a process called restoration. Dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth and can help prevent bone loss. To be a viable treatment option, they require a healthy mouth, gums, and bones. Since dental implants restore the tooth's missing root, they stimulate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss. Once you’ve healed from the implant placement, you’ll return to your restorative dentist to have your new tooth placed. Your smile will look natural and beautiful once the work is done.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are placed directly into the jawbone and fuse with the bone tissue to form a stable base for artificial teeth. Once the bone has grown around the endosteal implant, the dentist can secure a crown to the abutment portion to complete the restoration process.
Subperiosteal implants are placed onto the jawbone just below the gum line and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a metal framework attached to the gum tissue. This type of implant doesn’t require the gums to heal before proceeding with other oral procedures, such as dental crown placement.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the best options available for replacing missing teeth. They replace the entire tooth, from the root to the top, unlike a partial denture or bridge that relies on other teeth for support. A dental implant also looks and functions just like a natural tooth. Implants don’t slip or move as dentures can, nor cause bone deterioration. They also don’t require any dietary restrictions and are easy to care for with daily brushing and flossing.
One of the key benefits is improved appearance. The surrounding gum and bone also deteriorate when teeth are lost due to decay or injury. This can cause facial sagging and make a person appear years older. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents the bone from deteriorating and helps retain your natural shape. And since they look like healthy natural teeth, no one will notice they’re there!
If you have missing teeth and want a more permanent solution than removable dentures, ask your dentist if dental implants may be right for you. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit La Mesa Dental Services at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite C/D, San Diego, 92115, or call (619) 871-5001.