All About Dental Implants

Tooth loss is something that happens to many people, and it has many causes. Whether people have lost teeth because of dental problems, an accident, or because they’re elderly, people often want a way to replace the teeth that they’ve lost. Dr. Perez offers many options for people that want to replace lost teeth. With dental implants or other solutions, it’s possible for people to maintain a healthy-looking smile after tooth loss.

For a long time, bridges were the best solution for people that had lost teeth. However, now that dental implants are available, people that have lost teeth can restore their smiles and avoid restrictions. Dental implants offer many impressive benefits. If you’ve lost a tooth — or teeth — you’ll want to look into dental restoration as soon as possible.

What Makes Restoration So Important?

Generally, when someone loses one of their front teeth, they want to replace it as soon as they can. People don’t want to have a visible gap in their teeth. However, people aren’t always willing to take action when they’re missing one of their hind teeth.

It’s common for people to assume that the position of their teeth isn’t going to change. However, this isn’t actually the case. The position of your teeth can change over time. This is one of the reasons that people have to wear retainers.

If there isn’t enough space for your teeth, they’ll be crowded. If there is too much space, however, your teeth will start to spread apart. This can cause gaps to form. This problem is more likely to occur when someone is missing a tooth. Because teeth will have more space, they may begin to shift away from each other, causing gaps to form.

Missing teeth can be an even bigger problem if a patient is missing several of their teeth. Missing teeth can get in the way of speech or keep patients from chewing. This is a particularly significant issue for the elderly since they face a higher risk of malnutrition.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

If you’re interested in restoring your teeth, dental implants are likely to be the best option available to you. Unlike bridges, implants don’t require support from teeth nearby. Instead, implants are secured directly to your jawbone. It’s possible for a patient to receive implants for their upper or lower teeth. It’s possible to get more than one implant as well.

When you work with Dr. Perez, her first step will be to examine your mouth. From there, she may request imaging. After that, a screw will be placed in your jawbone. The screw will serve as the implant’s foundation. Several months down the road, after the screw is attached securely, it’s possible to place a permanent artificial tooth on your screw, also known as a dental implant. While you’re waiting for your permanent tooth to be installed, a temporary tooth can be placed in your mouth. This will allow you to chew and speak without any issues.

One of the biggest perks of implants is that they can often last for the rest of your life. As long as you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you can keep your implants in excellent shape. There are no significant drawbacks to dental implants. They’re one of the best ways to replace a lost tooth, and they’re also an excellent option if you’re missing several of your teeth. If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!