At first you might think you can work around a missing tooth, but the impact it has on your ability to eat, speak, and smile will only become more and more obvious over time. There are a few different options for restoring your missing tooth/teeth, but there’s only one that will replace the entire structure of a missing tooth roots and all: dental implants. Whether you’ve only lost one tooth or are missing an entire arch, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Howard today to learn why dental implants in San Marcos, CA might be your best option.
A dental implant is not actually a prosthetic tooth; rather, it is something that we can use to anchor a restoration to your jawbone. Most implants are made out of titanium, and they take the form of a screw-like post. When placed in your jaw, they can fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This is how they replace the roots of your missing teeth, and what will give the replacement prosthetics their lifelike stability and comfort. Osseointegration takes several months, but the end result is a strong foundation for your new teeth that will provide greater chewing power and prevent slipping. The dental implant is topped with a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture depending on how many teeth you’re missing. Rebuilding your missing teeth from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural once again!
Because they function as new tooth roots, dental implants have all sorts of unique advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges or dentures. Below are just a few of the benefits you can look forward to after implants are placed:
Most people who have lost one or more teeth are candidates for dental implant placement. If you’re interested in the procedure, we’ll first need to make sure that you have stable oral health, decent overall health, and a jawbone with enough strength and density to support the new posts. There are some additional procedures that might be performed to prepare your mouth for surgery. Once everything is ready, we can use the following restorations to rebuild your smile from the roots up.
Whether a tooth has been knocked out or extracted, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible before neighboring teeth move into the gap. We can place a single dental implant into the empty space and attach a dental crown to it. This is a more conservative approach compared to a dental bridge that rests on nearby teeth.
When multiple teeth are lost, you don’t necessarily need an individual implant for each one. A couple of implants can be used as the base for a dental bridge or a partial denture. When these restorations are attached to implants, not only will they look more natural, but they’ll be more secure as well.
Normally, full dentures rest directly on your gums. As a result, they might not fit anymore once the shape of the gums changes due to bone loss. We can place four to six dental implants in your upper or lower arch to hold your dentures in place. This greatly improves your bite strength, letting you enjoy a healthier, more varied diet than you would with traditional dentures.
Depending on the state of your oral health, you might want to think about getting mini dental implants. Since they’re smaller than regular implants, they require less jawbone density to be placed and supported. They can even usually be loaded with prosthetic teeth within a few hours, and your mouth will heal much faster after the procedure.
Your dental implant treatment will be completely personalized based on your health, the number of teeth you’ve lost, and your various other dental needs. That means the price of the dental implant procedure will be different for everyone. But don’t worry; we can give you an accurate idea of how much it will cost after a consultation. When considering costs, remember that implants tend to last much longer than other forms of tooth replacement, helping you save money in the long run.
Bone loss can complicate the dental implant process, but luckily, we have ways to replenish bone density with the help of advanced dental implant procedures. A ridge augmentation procedure consists of placing bone graft material into the socket of a missing tooth. Once the socket has healed and the grafting material has integrated with the jaw, implants can be placed. In other cases, we can perform a sinus lift to make room in the upper jaw for implants to replace the molars near the back of the mouth.