Hearing the word “implant” can be scary. But it’s actually what sets this dental solution apart when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
At The Dental Touch in Oakland, California, our team considers dental implants an ideal solution for missing teeth because of the role the implant itself plays in the restoration process.
The dangers of missing teeth
Most of us take our teeth for granted, but they play a crucial role in our oral health. That’s because your teeth are more than meets the eye.
Beneath your gumline, you have a root that holds the visible crown of your tooth firmly in place. But its job doesn’t stop there; it also maintains your jaw health by stimulating bone growth.
Losing a tooth not only decreases the structural stability in your mouth, but it also eliminates the tooth root, which impacts your jaw bone health. These changes put you at risk of several complications, such as:
- Gum disease
- Difficulty chewing and talking
- Shifting teeth and changes in bite
- Uneven or excessive wear on remaining teeth
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, like jaw pain and headaches
And, because your tooth root no longer stimulates bone growth in the area, you can experience jaw degeneration and changes in your facial appearance.
How dental implants work
Unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges, a dental implant involves a titanium post secured into your jawbone, permanently. This post works like a natural tooth root, holding an artificial crown in place, and maintaining your jawbone health.
Our team also uses implants to replace multiple teeth with dentures. At The Dental Touch, we rely on All-on-6™ or All-on-4™, techniques that use four or six dental implants strategically placed with computer guidance to anchor your dentures in place.
When you get implants, you can expect to have temporary teeth in a single visit and your new, permanent teeth within 3-6 months as your implant fuses with your jawbone.
Why to choose dental implants
Each year, 500,000 Americans choose dental implants to replace their missing teeth. That’s because this safe and highly effective solution offer numerous advantages, including:
- Feeling, looking, and functioning like a natural tooth
- Providing a fixed and stable fit that doesn’t slip or move when eating, talking, or laughing
- Maintaining jawbone growth
- Preserving your face shape
- Protecting your oral health
- Reducing your risk of additional tooth loss
People and dentists also love dental implants because they’re so easy to care for — just brush twice a day, floss regularly, and schedule general dental visits every six months. Taking these steps can help ensure your implants last a lifetime.
Ready to make dental implants your tooth replacement solution? Contact our office by calling 510-324-9096 or booking online today.