A missing tooth can be a big problem. It can affect your self-esteem, causing you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Missing teeth can also wreak havoc on your dental health. A missing tooth exposes the adjacent teeth to harmful bacteria and cause cavities. The adjacent teeth can move, affecting your bite and function, as well as cause problems in your gums. A dental implant may be the right solution. Missing teeth are no joke. In the past there was no permanent way to replace a missing tooth. Fortunately, there have been great strides made in restorative dentistry with dental implants. Dental implants can permanently replace missing teeth to restore beauty and functionality to your smile.
Dr. Boyce is a Sacramento dentist, and has been involved in restoring dental implants for almost twenty years. He has had advanced training in implants and implant restorations. Dr. Boyce has a close relationship with his oral surgeon and periodontist specialists that perform the implant surgeries for our patients. This allows us to streamline the process of placing your implant crown or bridge, and ensures us that your implant is placed in the ideal position for function and cosmetics.
What is a Dental Implant
A dental implant acts like a real tooth. It is made up of a titanium post, connectors, and a crown or bridge restoration. Implants can be used to secure a denture to your jaw preventing denture movement. In a dental implant procedure, the titanium post is anchored into the jawline through the gap left by the missing tooth. After healing, the abutment piece connects the post to the porcelain crown or bridge. With dental implants, you can have a full smile again!
Why Do I need a Dental Implant
If you are missing a single molar, the adjacent teeth will begin to shift, leaning toward each other and disrupting your biting function. The opposing teeth will often super erupt when they no longer have a tooth to chew against. This movement can reduce the original space over time and make it difficult, if not impossible to do any tooth replacement. Also, with an extraction, the height and width of the bone begins to diminish, leaving less bone available to support an implant in the future. That is why it is important to have a bone graft placed by the oral surgeon in the extraction site, and have your implant placed after healing is complete to make for a successful implant procedure.
The Advantages of a Dental Implant
The advantages of dental implants include: it is the most conservative approach to preserving your jaw bones height and width after an extraction; it will not require drilling on the adjacent teeth as is done for a fixed porcelain bridge; it will not decay; and it feels and looks like a natural tooth.
The Disadvantages of a Dental Implant
The disadvantages of a dental implant include: it is a two-stage process involving the surgical and restorative phases; it typically takes from three to six months for complete healing of the implant in your jawbone; and it is not for everyone due to certain health reasons, access to the area, and cost. Overall, it is currently the best solution for replacing a missing tooth.
The Cost of a Dental Implant
Dental implants have the cost of the implant surgery as well as the cost of the restoration. While this can be more than the cost of a fixed porcelain bridge or a partial denture, it is less invasive, more cosmetic and a longer lasting solution. Please call us for a free consultation to see if a dental implant is right for you: 916-481-2001.
Once your mouth has healed from dental implant surgery, our skilled team can provide anything from porcelain crowns, dental bridges, dental implant-supported dentures, to other dental implant-supported dental prosthetics.
Implant dentistry has made a difference in countless individuals’ lives. If you’re ready to change your smile for the better, schedule an appointment at our Sacramento dentist office. At Arden Dental Care, we want to help feel good about your grin!
Dr. Boyce and his well qualified team were professional, kind and friendly throughout this entire plan that they put together for me. They were able to help me have a great smile again! Thank you again to all at Arden Dental Care.