Missing teeth leave unsightly holes in your smile and negatively impact your overall oral health. If you’re missing teeth, schedule a consultation for dental implants with Rupam Khanna, DDS, at San Ramon Family Dental. Dr. Khanna and the team of dental experts in San Ramon, California use state-of-the-art dental implants to make your smile whole and healthy again. To learn more, call the office or book a visit online today.
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are typically made from titanium. Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so as you heal from your placement procedure, your implant actually fuses with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.
A fused implant is virtually identical to a natural tooth root, providing healthy stimulation to your jawbone and a strong and sturdy foundation for a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Missing teeth can lead to a number of harmful dental conditions.
The empty space left by a missing tooth leaves your remaining teeth susceptible to drifting out of alignment as they shift towards the hole. This can throw off the alignment of your smile, which can lead to uneven wear-and-tear on your remaining teeth and a higher likelihood of developing TMJ disorder, a condition that affects your jaw’s joint.
Your teeth also typically provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone. When you’re missing teeth, your jaw is deprived of that stimulation, which can lead to resorption or the loss of bone tissue in your jaw.
Missing teeth are also cosmetically unappealing and can make you lose confidence in your smile. By replacing your missing tooth root, implants prevent these conditions from developing and keep your smile beautiful and functional.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
Implants also have many advantages compared to other tooth-replacement options. Unlike bridges, implants don’t require you to reduce the enamel of your neighboring teeth in order to replace a missing tooth.
And unlike dentures, implants provide stimulation to your jawbone, which prevents bone loss and keeps your facial muscles from sagging around your missing tooth.
Your dentist at San Ramon Family Dental first takes a digital X-ray of your mouth to determine if you have enough healthy bone tissue to support an implant. If you don’t, the dental team can perform a bone graft.
Next, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum, drills a tiny hole in your jawbone, and inserts your implant. You spend the next few months healing as your implant fuses with your jaw.
Once your implant is fused, your dentist places your abutment — a post that connects to the implant and sticks up out of your gums.
Once your abutment and implant are secure, your dentist places your restoration and seals it with dental cement. You leave the office with a brand new smile that you’ll feel confident sharing with the world.
To learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.