It is estimated that 69 percent of people between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one adult tooth. Missing teeth can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life as well as on your appearance. Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dentures can be uncomfortable and difficult to eat and speak with, and dental bridges require healthy teeth to be ground down to support the bridge. Dental implants are much more like your natural teeth. They are permanently placed in your mouth and help you keep the rest of your teeth in proper position. Dr. Dennis Prat provides dental implant tooth replacement for Oakland, CA patients.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Teeth implants can improve your life in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Permanently fill the gaps in your smile
- Keep eating your favorite foods
- No added maintenance beyond ordinary dental hygiene
- Promote bone retention
- Restore your confidence in your smile
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, teeth implants replace the root as well as the crown portion of the tooth. The jaw bone naturally wears away when it does not receive the stimulation provided by the root of the tooth. Because teeth implants are affixed to the jaw bone, they can keep the bone from receding.
While dentures can be difficult to eat or speak with, teeth implants are permanently in place. Like your natural teeth, they are fully functional and require no additional maintenance. Dentures often need to be adjusted or replaced every five to seven years, but teeth implants do not typically need to be replaced with proper hygiene and maintenance. Dental bridges place extra strain on the surrounding teeth and require replacement every seven to ten years or so.
Teeth implants prevent your jaw bone from deteriorating and improve the function and appearance of your smile. Contact Dr. Prat today to discuss tooth replacement in Oakland, CA.