Life has its way of throwing the occasional curveball. Even those who have taken great care of their teeth for decades can end up with missing teeth or chronic teeth problems. Until it happens to you, it’s easy to take for granted the joy that comes with eating the foods you want and smiling freely, without embarrassment.
Fortunately, dental technology has come a long way, and removable dentures are no longer the only option for those with missing or problematic teeth. In recent years, dental implants have become an extremely popular option. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have dental implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 every year.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full upper and lower set of teeth. Although the implant procedure itself is more extensive than getting fit for a set of dentures, once your implants are in place, they won’t slip around the way dentures sometimes do. Dental implants fit and feel like real teeth, and they function the same way real teeth do.
How does it work?
Our resident specialists will place the highest quality Nobel Biocare implant surgically into your jawbone. As you heal, the implant will fuse with your natural jawbone to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. Once the bond has formed, our specialist will place a small connector (an abutment) on top of the implant. This will allow us to attach the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. Then you get to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth.
How do you know if dental implants are right for you?
If you have healthy gums and enough jawbone to anchor the implant in place, then you might be a great candidate for dental implants. A commitment to thorough oral hygiene is also imperative, as caring for implants require as much effort as caring for natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist will help prevent disease around your implants.
If you’re not sure about your jawbone or the state of your gums, don’t worry. Our world-class dental experts will perform a mouth exam, which may include X-rays and a CT scan to determine the shape of your jawbone and the placement of your nerves and sinuses. Afterward, our specialists will inform you of your options and put together a treatment plan that works for you.
We do not recommend dental implants for young people whose jaws are still growing, pregnant women, heavy smokers, or anyone unable to maintain thorough oral hygiene.
We’re here for you
At Town Center Dentistry, we specialize in dental implants and provide five star care to clients all over San Diego and Southern California. Give us a call. Our specialists can help determine whether dental implants are the best option to help restore your smile.