Our overall state of oral health is something that can be impacted by a number of different factors. In instances where a tooth or teeth have been lost, we immediately look for the most suitable form of restoration to provide long-lasting function and beauty. In any case, replacing even a single lost tooth is important to protect the balance of chewing function. Making chewing adjustments to accommodate for a missing tooth or teeth can lead to dysfunction in the joints of the jaw, shifting of teeth, and, ultimately, affect digestion.
Although there are multiple ways a tooth or teeth can be replaced, dental implants is the only restorative treatment that produces permanent results. This treatment plan, which we provide in our Norco practice, is highly successful and suitable for most patients, whether a single tooth needs to be replaced or we are looking for a viable alternative to traditional dentures. The patient who receives dental implants will experience:
- The highest degree of digestive function, as this process begins with chewing. Dental implants are strong and durable, able to withstand the pressure and specific movement that occurs while chewing.
- A healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime, as all materials included in a dental implant and crown will resist corrosion. The implant is biocompatible, meaning the body will not reject it. Atop of the implant post is a dental crown that will not decay as natural teeth can. This crown will look and function just like a natural tooth, maintaining a gorgeous smile.
- Optimal oral health comes from dental implants whether all teeth are replaced or a single tooth. With the single replacement, the design of the dental implant allows the preservation of surrounding teeth, when a dental bridge is used to replace a tooth; two other teeth must be reduced to accommodate crowns to anchor the bridge.
- Comfort is one of the biggest benefits of dental implants versus a traditional denture appliance. Because an implant becomes a part of the jawbone, there is nothing to rub against the gums and cause irritation.
If you have lost a tooth or want to learn more about this denture alternative, contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Shah.