Dental Implants – Why They Are the Best Replacement For Missing Teeth

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Dental Implants Las Vegas are the best replacement for missing teeth and come with a host of benefits. They look great, protect healthy teeth, help preserve bone and even boost oral health.

The first step is a comprehensive dental exam and consultation. This may include X-rays and models of your mouth/jaw, and a medical evaluation to see if you have any conditions that could slow healing after the surgery.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the best choice. They provide exceptional function and stability while also looking natural. And because implants are placed in the bone, they feel like your own teeth too!

A dentist can use an implant to replace any type of missing tooth, from a single one to multiple ones. The process involves an exam, dental X-rays and 3D images of your mouth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for tooth replacement.

During the procedure, an oral surgeon will open your gum to expose the bone. They will then drill holes just large enough to hold your implant, which goes into the bone and is anchored there. After the procedure, your doctor may give you a temporary denture to cover the implant until it heals and becomes stable. During the healing process, your body will form a natural connection between the implant and your jaw bone. This bonding takes months, but it will make the new artificial tooth feel and look very much like a real one.

If you take care of your teeth and have good overall health, dental implants can last a lifetime. They can even improve the appearance of your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

Some patients may experience complications or discomfort as they adjust to their new implant, but this is not common. If you have any issues with your implant, contact your dentist right away.

The crown that your dentist fits over the implant is made to look natural, so it will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. This is possible because of advances in dentistry and materials used for prosthetics. Your dentist will work closely with a dental laboratory to ensure that your new tooth looks and feels just like a natural one.

A patient’s general oral and overall health is a key factor in their ability to have an implant that will stay healthy, prevent infections and protect other teeth and bones. For example, patients who have severe periodontal disease (gum disease) may not be candidates for dental implants because it can damage the gums, bone and adjacent teeth.

They Prevent Bone Loss

Dental implants fuse into your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. They mimic the stimulation that a natural tooth root provides to keep the bone healthy and strong. Without this stimulation, the bone will deteriorate and shrink, which can affect your appearance and oral health. Dental implants are the only replacements that prevent this from happening by keeping the bone stimulated.

Implants also help to restore the shape of your face after you lose a tooth. When a tooth is missing, the lower part of your face may take on a sunken appearance and your chin will move closer to your nose. In addition, your remaining teeth will begin to shift and could eventually fall out if they aren’t replaced as soon as possible.

The longer you wait to replace a missing tooth, the more bone density will be lost and the harder it will be for an implant to be placed. In some cases, it may be necessary to undergo a bone graft in order to build up enough bone density for an implant. This can be a very invasive procedure, which is why it is important to see your dentist as soon as you realize that you have a missing tooth or require an extraction.

Thanks to advances in dental technology, your dentist can now place zygomatic dental implants that provide a solution for patients with a significant amount of bone loss in their upper jaw. Zygomatic implants have an unthreaded implant body that anchors into the zygoma area of the face, allowing them to be used in patients who previously were not eligible for traditional dental implants. This innovative treatment will allow many more people to get the benefits of replacing their missing teeth with implants.

They Restore Full Chewing Power

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that are designed to last a lifetime. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They improve your chewing abilities so you can eat the foods you enjoy without worrying about them slipping or falling out.

Unlike a bridge, which requires that healthy, natural teeth be shaved down to make way for it, a dental implant replaces just the root of the missing tooth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure and preventing the need to alter adjacent healthy teeth. Dental implants also avert the bone loss associated with other tooth replacement options, which can negatively impact your jawbone health and overall well-being.

The dental implants that we use at 209 Dental are made from titanium, a strong, durable metal that is bio-compatible and fuses with the surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration. While other materials might be used in the future, titanium remains the standard in the industry because of its strength and ability to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing.

Getting dental implants involves a thorough evaluation of your mouth and jawbones to ensure they can support the restorations. If there is insufficient jawbone left to hold an implant, we can usually rebuild it using a bone graft. We may also need to treat other oral conditions or remove a few teeth before placing an implant.

Before we can schedule your implant surgery, we will take X-rays and/or a CT scan to assess the condition of the surrounding jawbone. If necessary, we can perform a bone graft in-office to boost the volume of healthy bone in your jaw.

Many years ago, patients who had chronic illnesses or unhealthy habits such as tobacco use were sometimes turned away from getting dental implants because of their potential to interfere with healing after surgery. However, recent advancements in techniques to rebuild lost bone and minimally invasive methods of inserting the implants have greatly improved the chances that most people will qualify for this treatment. In fact, we often help people get dental implants who were previously told they were not candidates.

They Protect Your Healthy Teeth

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants preserve the healthy parts of your jaw and prevent it from deteriorating. They do this by mimicking the root structure of natural teeth. The roots of natural teeth help stimulate the growth of new bone cells and maintain a strong, dense jaw. Without this stimulation, the jaw bone deteriorates and becomes weak. This leaves the surrounding teeth more vulnerable to breakage and decay, and increases the risk of further tooth loss.

When a tooth is extracted, it leaves an empty socket and bone in the jaw. Over time, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate due to lack of use, leading to a host of oral health problems. Dental implants fill the space and promote the growth of new bone cells to keep the jaw strong.

Implants also protect the health of the adjacent teeth by preventing them from shifting toward the empty space. Unlike dentures, which can slip and cause problems with the bite and chewing power, dental implants are fused to the jawbone for a secure fit and permanent placement.

Since implants are so durable, they can last a lifetime with proper care. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments are the keys to keeping your implants healthy and in place for as long as possible. During these routine visits, the dentist will check for signs of wear and tear, including plaque, tartar, and cavities that can damage other teeth.

The permanent nature of implants also makes them easier to care for than other replacement options. Brushing, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing are all that is required to maintain your dental implants. There is no need to learn any specialized techniques or tools. However, you should still contact your dentist immediately if you notice any pain or signs of infection in your mouth.

While there are some conditions that can hinder the success of dental implants, most patients who follow good oral hygiene practices can expect to enjoy a high rate of successful outcomes. Patients who smoke, have uncontrolled chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, and those who have had previous radiation therapy to the head or neck should consult a specialist before seeking treatment.

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