Dental implants are an excellent option to replace one or more missing teeth. They’re also an area of expertise for Eduardo Díaz, DDS, and the team at North Park Smiles in the North Park area of San Diego and Chula Vista, California. If you’re curious about dental implants and would like more information, schedule a consultation by phone or online today.
When you think about missing teeth, it may be the aesthetic concerns you primarily focus on. While one or more missing teeth can certainly affect the look of your smile, there are also serious dental health issues to consider.
Your teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue. Each time you bite down, you stimulate that tissue, which keeps it healthy and strong. When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone tissue loses that stimulation.
Over time, the bone can begin to wear away, a process called resorption. This can weaken the connection between your bone and remaining natural teeth, leading to more tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite, which can place undue pressure on your remaining teeth. Your teeth can shift out of position, which creates even more of an imbalance in your bite.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. They’re anchored into your jawbone, and both look and function just like your natural teeth.
Implants preserve your bone tissue and provide structural support to your bite. In the hands of a skilled dental professional like those at North Park Smiles, implants are virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth.
You can replace one or several teeth using individual dental implants. If you need to replace all of your teeth on the upper or lower arch, implant-supported dentures may be a better option. These artificial crowns are secured to your jawbone using just four implanted posts on your upper or lower jaw.
The most important step in high-quality dental implants is the planning phase. At North Park Smiles, advanced digital imaging and software allow for customized implant treatment plans. Implants are a form of minimally invasive oral surgery and are a laser-assisted procedure.
On the day of your surgery, you’ll receive local anesthesia to help you rest comfortably during the procedure. Your dentist uses a scalpel to open your gums and gain access to your jawbone tissue.
A small pilot hole is created to guide the placement of the titanium implant post. The post is carefully inserted into your jawbone. Your gums are then closed and a period of healing follows. Over the coming weeks, your bone tissue fuses to the implant, creating a strong bond that will last a lifetime.
You’ll return to have the crown portion of the implant attached to the post. Once your gum tissue adheres to the new crown, your restoration is complete. Your new implant will look and function just like your natural teeth.
Learn more about dental implants during a personalized consultation at North Park Smiles. Call or book an appointment online today.