There’s really only one reason to get dental implants: to replace missing teeth. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several, this dental solution involves anchoring a metal post in your jaw that supports a tooth replacement — like a crown or denture — on top.
But what sets dental implants apart when it comes to replacing missing teeth and who should get them?
At The Dental Touch located in Oakland, California, our team thinks implants offer the best solution for people looking to replace missing teeth. That’s because they mimic your natural teeth, from the visible portion above your gum all the way to the tooth root hidden inside your jaw.
If you need to replace missing teeth, here’s when you should consider dental implants.
Missing teeth can jeopardize your oral health, above and below your gum line.
We usually focus on the cosmetic issues that come into play with missing teeth — like the spaces or gaps they leave behind. However, these areas create more pockets of exposed teeth and gum tissue where bacteria can thrive, leading to decay and infection. But it doesn’t stop there.
Your tooth root also helps promote bone remodeling in the jaw, which happens continuously over your entire lifetime. However, when you lose a tooth, that part of your jaw no longer gets the stimulation needed to trigger new bone production.
As bone production declines, your jawbone deteriorates, putting you at risk of more tooth loss and changes in your appearance.
Having missing teeth significantly impacts your ability to speak and chew, which can affect your relationships and overall nutrition.
Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants fuse to your jawbone. This gives them the unique ability to anchor crowns, bridges, and even dentures securely in place. The result? Replacement teeth that function as closely to the real thing as possible so you can speak, chew, and laugh again without worrying about slipping, shifting, or movement.
Another reason to consider dental implants involves easy-care, durable solutions.
The initial process of getting dental implants can seem intimidating. That’s because it requires oral surgery to place the implant post into your jawbone. However, once the titanium post fuses in place, it remains there permanently.
And, if you’re looking to replace several missing teeth with dentures, our state-of-the-art All-on-6™ or All-on-4™ techniques allow us to fit your denture with four or six strategically placed implants. This system relies on advanced digital guidance to locate the strongest areas of bone to ensure maximum stability.
Our approach also means you can have temporary teeth in a single visit and permanent teeth in 3-6 months once your implants fuse into place. And dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth — simply brush twice daily, floss once a day, and schedule regular professional cleanings.
As you can see, there are several reasons to consider dental implants. And, while they’re all important, nothing compares to the way you’ll feel when you have your healthy new smile.
People of all ages are missing permanent teeth, even teenagers. Fortunately, dental implants can provide tooth replacement options for everyone once they complete their facial growth and development — typically around age 16 for girls and 18 for boys.
If you want the most natural-looking and functioning solution available to replace your missing teeth, you could need dental implants.
Ready to see if implants are right for you? Contact The Dental Touch in Oakland, California, by calling 510-324-9096 or booking a consultation online today.