Not long ago, if you lost a tooth, you had it filled with a dental bridge or a false tooth. Dentures and bridges both had their disadvantage, like creating the possibility for other dental problems, like plaque build-up, tooth decay, and even the possible need for a root canal in the future. Dentures have their own obvious negative part as a poor fit and difficulty eating. This has all changed in recent years, however, including at Cabrillo Dental in San Diego, CA. Dental implants in San Diego significantly improve the practice of replacing teeth. They look and feel like real teeth and have a minimal impact on surrounding teeth.
Dentures and bridges for missing teeth both have their issues. A dental bridge, while still a viable option for a missing tooth, requires a dentist to grind down the neighboring teeth to make the bridge. This creates the possibility of other dental problems, like plaque build-up, tooth decay, and even the possible need for a root canal in the future. Dentures can fall out and sometimes prevent us from eating the foods we love.
Dental implants restore function and appearance to the mouth, not just in the teeth but in the surrounding bone and tissue. This prevents further serious complication that can occur when dental damage is not treated.
Dental Implants Durability
Dental Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many dental implants last a lifetime. Be sure to come in for your exams and cleanings.
Dental Implants Convenience
Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
Dental implants are not simply a replacement for a lost tooth—they replace the roots of the tooth as well. A normal tooth has a root system that fastens it firmly to the jawbone. The biocompatibility of titanium makes it the perfect material to use for a dental implant. Titanium can actually fuse to the jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from deteriorating over time. The biocompatibility of titanium is the biological basis for the success of the dental implant procedure.
The dental implant procedure involves placing a titanium screw in the original bone pocket, which will happen at our San Diego Dental Implants office. The crown is then securely attached to a titanium stud. The crown looks just like a real tooth and can ever do your real tooth one better—it can’t develop cavities (that’s not an excuse to avoid good dental hygiene, though).
Dental implants are typically a more costly alternative to removable dentures and fixed dental bridges. They are, however, well worth the cost. You can even think of dental implants as an investment. With proper oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime.