Replacing missing teeth is essential for your oral health, as well as appearance. Not doing so can cause your remaining teeth to shift, change your bite, and lead to bone loss in your jaw. Missing teeth also leave your remaining teeth more vulnerable to bacteria, which can cause plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Fortunately, there have never been more or better solutions. At Expressions in Dentistry in Folsom, California, Thomas Ludlow, DDS, and his team offer numerous replacement options, whether you’re missing a single tooth or need full-mouth reconstruction. Here’s what you need to know about dental implants and why they offer superior results when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
What sets dental implants apart
While dentures and bridges are the best choices in some instances, dental implants look and function closest to your natural teeth, and they’re durable.
Dental implants enjoy a 98% satisfaction rate for the following reasons:
- Comfort: No moving or slipping, so implants won’t irritate your gums
- Natural look: Implants feel and look just like your own, natural teeth
- Eating more easily: It can be challenging to eat with dentures, but that’s not the case with dental implants
- Better oral health: Implants don’t damage your other teeth, and they’re easy to care for through regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.
Dental implants also provide a long-lasting replacement solution for missing teeth. They are designed to be permanent and usually last a lifetime.
What does getting implants entail?
The process of getting a dental implant takes several months to complete. Here’s what to expect.
First, a titanium post is surgically implanted into the socket of your missing tooth. Over the next six to twelve weeks, the post fuses to your jaw bone, to serve as the root for your replacement tooth. Next, a connector called an abutment is placed on top of the post. And, on top of that, your replacement tooth, or crown, is fitted. Thanks to today’s advanced materials and technology, your crown is custom fabricated to match the shape and color of your surrounding natural teeth. It is virtually impossible to tell the difference between your real teeth and your implant.
To learn whether dental implants are right for you, and for all of your oral health care needs, contact Expressions In Dentistry. Request an appointment online or call our office at 916-252-9186.