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The Top 3 Reasons to Get Dental Implants

When deciding on a restoration method to replace one or more missing teeth, there are several options to choose from. These can include: dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. While dental bridges and dentures certainly have their benefits, most dentists consider dental implants to be the best tooth replacement option. In fact, they are considered to be the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. 

Dental implants function as artificial tooth roots that are implanted into an empty tooth socket. They are composed of three main components: the implant screw, the abutment or connector piece, and a dental prosthetic. Depending on the prosthetic used in coordination with the implant, they can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire mouthful of teeth. 

Therefore, if you are looking for a tooth replacement option, you should consider dental implants for these reasons: 

 

Preserves the Jawbone

The jawbone regularly absorbs the forces associated with biting and chewing when natural teeth are present. As a result of this constant force, the body naturally produces enough bone to absorb this force. However when a tooth is lost, there is no longer force being exerted by the tooth root on that area of the jaw. As a result, the body will redistribute the bone in that area to other parts of the body. This is known as bone loss or bone resorption and it is a process that generally begins about six months after a tooth is lost. 

As mentioned before, dental implants operate as artificial tooth roots. This means that they are implanted into the jawbone and function in the same way as natural tooth roots. This allows the jawbone to continue to receive the necessary stimulation from chewing and biting, meaning that the bone mass will be preserved. Since dental implants are the only dental restoration placed inside the jawbone, they are the only restoration method that provides this necessary stimulation. 

 

Extremely Strong

When dental implants are placed in the jawbone, they must undergo a process known as osseointegration which takes place over the course of about 3-6 months on average. During this process, the implant screw will fuse with the surrounding bone. This essentially means that new bone will grow around the implant and secure it in place. As a result, dental implants are extremely strong once they heal.They also remain in place while eating and speaking. In fact, they can restore almost all of your natural chewing function. Not only that, but dental implants have been found to last as long as 20 years if well cared for. 

 

Aesthetic

As a final point, dental implants are also highly aesthetic. This is mostly due to the fact that they are designed to replicate natural teeth. After the implant has been placed and has healed, the dental prosthetic will be placed in such a way that it will extend slightly below the gum line. This allows the border between the restoration and your gums to be seamless. Additionally, because implants do not move, they give the impression of natural teeth. 

As you can see, there are some pretty convincing reasons to have dental implants placed. Not only do they preserve your natural bone structure, but they also provide extreme strength coupled with aesthetics. Therefore, if you are looking for a tooth replacement option that is highly recommended by many, then you will want to schedule a consultation with your local implant dentist to see what dental implants can offer you. 

 

Dr. Kramer earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1978 from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and has maintained his private practice in the Newport Beach area since 1985. His expertise stems from extensive high-level post-graduate study with the masters in the field in the areas of advanced cosmetic reconstructive dentistry, implant dentistry, and sedation dentistry.Dr. Kramer holds current membership with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is recognized as a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology for his dental implant work.

 

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