Do you need to permanently replace your missing teeth with ones that blend in with your natural teeth? Dental implants are the most advanced option to replace them. If you are considering dental implants for restoring your lost teeth, our dentists at Picasso Dental Care can discuss your treatment plans.
If you choose dental implants they will replace the root of your tooth and will be covered by a crown or dental bridge. Your dental implants will be surgically placed into your upper or lower jaw. An abutment, or connector, will be placed over the implant. They will function as an anchor tooth for replacement crowns and they will be made from biocompatible materials that will not be rejected by your body's immune system.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes we still face the consequences of tooth loss. Losing a tooth can change the way one smiles, chews, and can create long-term changes in health conditions. What choices and options do I have for these spaces?
Tooth-loss leads to missing chewing surfaces and reducing your biting force. This will prevent you from eating and chewing hard or crunchy foods. Over time, your diet slowly changes. With missing teeth, you will avoid chewing harder foods such as: salad, celery, and fresh vegetable. You will pick softer (easier to chew) foods such as: pasta, mashed potatoes and bread. These are high carbohydrate diets, which lead to weight gains. Underlying health issues associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, have been well documented and proven over many years of medical research. These underlying health issues lead to shorter life expectancy of an individual with missing teeth.
Dental Implants Act as Teeth
Choosing dental implants will provide a strong foundation for permanent teeth that will be made to match your smile and fuse with your jawbone. Your dental implants will provide the best long-term dental appliance to enhance your smile.
Dental implants are a permanent option that will fuse with your bone, and be able to function like your own teeth. This means that you will be able to confidently eat your favorite foods you will be able to eat with ease and without pain. They can be extremely durable and long-lasting, if you provide your dental implants with good care your implants will last the rest of your lifetime.
Also, by choosing dental implants, you are choosing the most convenient option for replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants do not need to be kept in place with adhesive or need to be removed to be cleaned, like dentures. Compared to dentures that can slip or become loose and cause you difficulty when speaking, dental implants ensure improved speech. Dental implants will quickly improve your appearance by improving your smile as well as your confidence.
A Surgeon Will Perform Your Treatment
There will be three phases to go through and multiple appointments when receiving dental implants. First, our dentist will surgically place the implant into your jawbone. Next, you will follow a given cleaning routine during the recovery process. You may eat a diet of soft food, cold food, and soup. This next step in the process is called osseointegration, meaning to combine with the bone. You may need several months for the implant to fully integrate with your jawbone before a dental implant can be attached. Some patients may have the implant and replacement teeth situated all in one visit.
What makes an implant so strong is how the bone will grow around it and hold the implant in place. The placement of artificial teeth is the final phase of getting your dental implants. If you have a single tooth implant then the dentist will use a crown, if more teeth are being replaced your dentist will use a bridge.
Are You Ready for Dental Implants?
Our experienced dentists at Picasso Dental Care can restore your smile using dental implants and custom-made replacement teeth. If you are looking to replace your missing teeth with a dental implant, consult with our dental professionals by calling (951) 383-2021.