Why do I Need Dental Implants?Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment used to replace missing teeth, providing you with options beyond more traditional treatment methods such as fixed bridges and dentures (partial and full). They consist of three components: a titanium rod, an abutment, and your replacement crown(s). The titanium rods are the base of the implant and are surgically inserted into your jawbone. The abutment is placed on top of the titanium rod and is the connector. The crown, usually made from ceramic, is the replacement tooth, which is attached to the titanium rods through the abutment. When set in place, implants greatly help to restore the functions of your teeth, your smile, and your quality of life. At Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry in Burbank, we offer dental implants, and there are many reasons why you should consider them.
Dental Implants Offer Customized Treatment
Everyone’s tooth replacement needs are different. Some people may only lose one tooth. Some may have a couple of individual teeth missing in their mouth. Others may be missing several teeth in a row or missing all of their teeth altogether. Dental implants can be customized to meet just about every tooth loss need, with options such as:
Implants Protect the Integrity of Your Jawbone
Implants are unique in many ways. One of these ways is that they require a surgical procedure in which the titanium rods are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to the implants through a process known as osseointegration, turning them into “roots” that support your replacement teeth. The titanium rods not only support your teeth, but they also function similarly to your natural tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone so that nutrients are still sent. This helps to prevent bone loss and keeps your jaw strong.
Implants are a Superior Alternative to Bridges and Dentures
Traditional types of tooth replacement are supported by another part of your mouth. Bridges are supported by your teeth.
Compared to Dentures, Implants are More Comfortable
Dentures are supported by your gums. This can sometimes lead to pain and discomfort. With implants, however, your replacement teeth are supported directly on the titanium implants. There is no pressure placed on healthy teeth, and the blood flow through your gums is not restricted.
Compared to Bridges, Implants Keep Healthy Teeth Intact
Fixed bridges require that your adjacent healthy teeth be prepared, or reduced in size. By removing some of the enamel from these teeth, it helps to ensure that the bridge sits naturally in with the rest of your smile. While it works, this means that perfectly healthy teeth are being altered. Dental implants do not require this alteration, leaving your healthy teeth alone.
Dental Implants are Easy to Take Care of
Dentures are notorious for the amount of care they require every single day. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth. They can, and should, be brushed at least twice a day and flossed daily to prevent the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can lead to gum disease, as well as tooth decay of any natural teeth that are remaining. It is also important that you maintain regular dental exams for cleanings and exams, even if all of your teeth have been replaced by implants.
Implants are a Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss
Because traditional methods of tooth replacement cannot stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss, your jawbone continues to change shape. This begins to affect the fit of your restorations, and they may need to be replaced approximately every seven years. Implants preserve the integrity of your jawbone, meaning that it will not change shape. Implants are designed to provide you with a lifetime of beautiful teeth.
Enjoy More Confidence with Dental Implants
Many denture patients have a fear that their dentures will slip or fall out of place at the most inopportune moments, whether you are eating, talking, or laughing. Dental implants can greatly help to restore your confidence. With implants, your replacement teeth are screwed securely to the implants in your jaw, meaning that they will not come out.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, as well as finding out if you are a candidate, call Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry today at (818) 748-9998. We are looking forwarded to seeing you at our Burbank, CA dentist office.