Your teeth are an important feature of your body. Not only do they serve functional purposes, such as chewing, they also serve an aesthetic one as well. When you lose teeth, all of these functions are affected. Missing teeth shouldn’t be ignored, even if you’re only missing one or two. At Davis Dental Practice, it is our goal to provide you with the highest level of patient care possible. In order to achieve this goal, we provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. And for tooth loss, the best option is often dental implants.
Why Is Tooth Loss So Significant?
Your teeth play many important roles. They give you the ability to bite and chew your food, providing you with nutrition. They are crucial to being able to speak properly. And, they’re one of the first things that people notice about you. When you lose your teeth, no matter how many, things begin to change. The first change is in the way you look. You may also start to notice that things that were once easy, eating and speaking, have become more difficult.
Another change happens, too, that you won’t be able to see right away. Without your teeth planted in your jaw, the bone begins to resorb. This weakens your jaw and causes it to change shape. You might start to notice a lack of definition in your chin. You may also find that your remaining teeth no longer fit together properly. Your changing jaw has shifted the alignment of your healthy teeth. This can lead to uneven wear and other oral health dilemmas.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can put an end to any changes that missing teeth might bring about. Implants are small, titanium rods that are surgically inserted into your jawbone that fuse to the bone while the surgical sites heal, providing a strong, stable support for your new teeth.
What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
Implants are designed to fix any number of missing teeth, from one to all. For this reason, we offer different types of implants to fit your needs:
||Single tooth implants. This is exactly what it sounds like. A single implant supports a single tooth. Of course, it is possible to have several single tooth implants in your mouth if you are missing single teeth in different areas
||Multiple tooth implants. This type of implant is designed to replace several teeth in a single area, instead of a bridge or partial denture. Two or more implants are used to support a section of false teeth
||Implant supported dentures. This type of implant is used in place of a full denture to replace an entire bridge of missing teeth. The entire structure can be supported on 6 to 8 implants
Dental implants require surgery. After your initial consultation, the best location for implants will be determined. The implants are then placed into the sites. You will need time to heal and will be provided with temporary teeth in the meantime. After you have healed, we will schedule you to come back in to have you final fixed teeth securely placed.
Getting implants requires that you have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. Minor bone loss won’t affect your ability to get implants, but if you have had significant loss, you may need a bone graft first.
Dental implants are the best solution possible for dealing with tooth loss and restoring your smile to its original beauty. Contact Davis Dental Practice today at (530) 349-1949 to find out if this option is the right one for you.