Tooth loss is a surprisingly common problem throughout the United States. Between decay, aging, and accidents, 69% of Americans have lost at least one tooth by the age of 44. In the past, you’d have to live with your missing tooth or settle for dentures if all your natural teeth were gone. Today, several restorative options are available for those suffering from tooth loss.
If you are looking for a lasting solution to a missing tooth, dental implants in Solana Beach might just be the answer you are looking for. Our team at Inspire Smiles looks forward to restoring your smile with our high-quality dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made typically out of titanium used to replace a missing tooth or sustain more extensive restorative treatments. Some people refer to a false tooth as a “dental implant,” but as you’ll see, they are actually referring to a combination of components used to restore a tooth.
What we typically think of when we say “dental implant” is three separate parts:
This is the actual implant component – a metal, screw-like post inserted through the gum and jawbone, which serves as an artificial root. The post is responsible for holding the rest of the components in place.
The abutment is another metal piece that works as the base for the dental crown. This is the connection between the post and the artificial tooth.
The dental crown is the only visible component of a dental implant. Crowns can be made from a wide range of materials like porcelain or acrylic. These “caps” are made to resemble the appearance and function of a natural tooth for a seamless restoration.
Dental implants can be used as single tooth replacements or as an anchor for more extensive restorations. Implants are often used to hold permanent dentures or dental bridges in place.
Ultimately, your dentist will have the final say on whether dental implants are the right solution for your condition. Although most people are candidates for a dental implant procedure, there are some oral health conditions that might prevent you from undergoing surgery. Relatively healthy gums and sufficient jawbone is a must for a dental implant. However, additional procedures like bone grafts can be used to facilitate the procedure.
Although implants do offer several cosmetic advantages, the reasons for choosing this treatment go beyond just how you’ll look. When a tooth is missing, there is no longer a structure taking up the space between other teeth. This causes the remaining teeth to drift into the opening. Over time, this process can cause your entire smile to become misaligned.
Furthermore, when the jawbone does not have the stimulation provided by a tooth root, it begins to weather away in a process called osteopenia. An implant provides the necessary stimulation to prevent bone loss and protect the strength of your jawbone.
At Inspire Smiles, our team is excited to be the bridge to a bright, full smile. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the dental health solution that is best for you. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options!