The Incredible Realism That Can Be Achieved With Dental Implants

You've probably met someone with dental implants around Sacramento and didn't even know it. During the past 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. This comes as no surprise, because of the many benefits to modern implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

1. Implants restore your mouth’s "natural state"

Implants work by replacing the entire tooth – from the root to the crown. This kind of reconstruction mimics the form of your teeth, providing a stable foundation for comfortable biting and chewing. And since the visible portion of the tooth matches your natural color, it feels and looks fantastic.

2. Preservation of Adjacent Teeth

Traditional tooth replacement requires that we grind down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth. We then place a bridge across the entire area, and cement it down onto the ground area. Once completed, it cannot be replaced, and the healthy state of your ground teeth has become compromised. Even partial dentures, which hook to adjacent teeth, can affect the integrity of the adjacent teeth. This is where dental implants truly shine. Replacing missing teeth with implants does not affect your healthy teeth. We make sure to only target what needs to be replaced.

3. Convenient Oral Hygiene.

Caring for an implant is identical to a natural tooth. In comparison, a typical bridge requires the use of a floss threader for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture.

4. Improved facial structure and jawline.

Ordinarily, when one looses a tooth, the body re-absorbs any residual bone into the tissue. This can, in turn, lead to a slight change in your facial structure. This change can be particularly pronounced when a whole row of teeth are missing. The result can be an entire face collapse. However with dental implants, the replicated tooth maintains the integrity of your facial structure – providing you with the facial structure you remember.

And, because of the 95% success rate and a range of available options, our staff has a variety of new ways for treating and replacing your lost teeth. Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.

Your dentist will evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants.

Types of Dental Implants

Single-Tooth

Single-tooth dental implants don't slip or making embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth" and are frequently the best treatment option for replacing a missing tooth, or teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using nearby teeth as anchors, like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically fixed into place by the jawbone. This method actually preserves the integrity of the bone – which can prevent bone loss and gum tissue shrinkage. It is also much easier to clean compared to a bridge, and unlike a bridge the implant can not be affected by cavities.

Bridges

Dental bridges "bridge the gap" created by one or more missing teeth. This treatment restores your smile and ability to chew or speak by distributing the force of your bite and preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position. The bridge itself is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Implant supported bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth, which increases their overall function. And, as with the Single Tooth implant, the root system in the implant bridge preserves the jawbone – helping to keep the bone and gum tissue from collapsing..

Crowns

After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. There are many types of dental crowns and they're used for a variety of situations, however the most common is as a way to restore a broken tooth. Other functions are to hold a dental bridge into place, to protect weakened teeth or as a cover for a dental implant.

Dentures

Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability. Over time, without implants, lower dentures loose fitting due to shrinking gum tissue. This causes irritation to the mouth, sores, and pain. Conventional upper dentures typically fit better than lower dentures. However this fit comes from the suction effect on the pallet, which reduces the taste of foods while eating. These traditional approaches can be constructed easily and at a lower initial cost. But when you factor in the lifetime use with their pain and discomfort, dental implants are a far better answer.

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The dentist at our Sacramento dental office will make the process of getting an implant as comfortable and painless as possible. Some patients who really hate the idea of going to the dentist choose to undergo conscious oral sedation for the duration of their treatment.