Benefits of Dental Implants

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The modern solution for missing teeth

Dental implants are considered to be the modern solution for replacing teeth. They offer many advantages over other tooth replacement options.

What is a dental implant?

Picture of dental ImplantA dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone that acts like a tooth root. The implant is used to support a crown, dental bridge or denture.

Dental Implant benefits

Dental implants offer many benefits. They:

  • Prevent bone loss in the jaws, which occurs when missing teeth are not replaced.
  • Look and feel like natural teeth – it’s hard to tell the difference!
  • Function like real teeth, allowing you to talk, chew and exert pressure.
  • Don’t require healthy adjacent teeth to be altered, whereas dental bridges require these teeth to be ground down.
  • Prevent gum disease by stopping the accumulation of bacteria in the gaps left behind by missing teeth.
  • Are the most durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option.

Dental Implant or a Dental Bridge for single missing teeth?

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With a bridge, the patient’s teeth must be ground down to support the restoration.

With a dental bridge, the patient’s teeth on each side of the gap have to be ground down to support the new restoration. Dental implants are much more conservative, as they don’t require altering your healthy teeth. For this reason, our doctors prefer to replace single missing teeth with an implant in the vast majority of cases.

There are certain isolated cases where a bridge would be a suitable option—for example, if the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are broken down and in need of crowns. Your doctor will determine which option is right for you

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A viable alternative to Dentures

In the past, wearing dentures was the only option for people who lost their teeth. Today, dentures are still widely used, but there are now many other options available thanks to advancements in implant dentistry.

We offer competitively priced dental implant services and financing options to make your implant treatment even easier to obtain.

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The disadvantages of DenturesPicture of 
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  • Dentures lead to bone loss in the jawbone; when there is a lack of chewing pressure, the bone is actually reabsorbed by the body.
  • Upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, which can be uncomfortable and interfere with your sense of taste.
  • Dentures provide only 10% or less of normal chewing power, making it difficult to eat what you want.
  • Dentures can make a clicking sound while you eat.
  • Dentures often require adhesives to keep them in the mouth.
  • Dentures have to be removed for cleaning.

The problems caused by dentures and leaving teeth missing

In the first year after a tooth is lost, 25% of the bone volume is reabsorbed into the body, and the process continues. Dentures actually accelerate this bone loss by wearing down the boney ridges where the teeth sit.

This loss of jawbone density eventually causes the lower third of the face to collapse, resulting in sagging skin around the mouth, drooping jowls, thinning lips and a pointier chin. This can make people look much more advanced in age.

Implant-supported teeth replacement options such as implant-supported bridges and dentures keep the jawbone stimulated with enough chewing pressure to preserve bone mass.

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Long term denture use can lead to bone loss in the jaw, resulting in an aged appearance

Who can receive Dental Implants?

In the past people with insufficient bone were not candidates for dental implant treatment. Now, thanks to advanced bone grafting techniques and the ability to locate available bone through 3D imaging technology, most people can receive implants regardless of their bone volume.

Smokers and people with certain health conditions such as diabetes were previously not able to get dental implants because of an increased risk of infection and implant failure. However, recent developments in dentistry have enabled many of these people to be safely treated.

Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

Picture of man consulting with dentistCome in for a free dental implant consultation with one of the doctors to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Your consultation includes:

To make an appointment, call 619‑831‑8832 (San Diego), 858‑842‑5850 (Poway), 858-412-4933 (Sorrento Valley) or Click Here to request an appointment online.

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