Why Dental Implants are the Best Replacement Option for Missing Teeth

Permanent teeth are supposed to be permanent. Still, some 178 million American adults are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Fortunately, there has never been a better replacement option than today’s dental implants. These prosthetics look and function so much like natural teeth, no one – including you – will discern the difference.

Dr. John Abajian of Esthetic Smiles, has restored countless smiles with state-of-the-art dental implants. Teeth are lost or require removal for many reasons, including gum disease and trauma. In such instances, it’s important to your health, as well as aesthetics, that the gaps left are filled.

1. The roots are replaced

Missing teeth make it a challenge to chew, speak, and smile. But the loss goes even deeper — right down to your bone, in fact. Your teeth extend beyond your gum line, with roots that anchor them to your jawbone and hold them firmly in place.  To ensure the stability of your tooth, your bone is continually regenerating and renewing itself as it senses activity in the area.

When you lose a tooth, you lose these roots, and your body registers the inactivity. As a result, you start to incur bone loss in your jaw as your body stops regenerating that bone. Eventually, this loss of bone can cause your existing teeth to shift out of proper alignment. This sets off a domino effect of problems.

2. Your new tooth is anchored to your bone

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants, versus dentures, is that they mimic your teeth, right down to their roots. Your new tooth is anchored to your jawbone with a titanium post. Once it’s set, your body takes over and grows new bone tissue that fuses the post into place. Once your implant is secure, we place a crown over the post that fits in seamlessly with your existing teeth.

The post is securely anchored to your bone, and the result is stability. In addition to the stability, your bone continues to regenerate, so you don’t have bone loss. 

3. No missing pieces

Other prosthetics must be removed to be cleaned, often require special products. Dental implants, once installed, require only the same routine care as the rest of your teeth — brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our office for your biannual exam and cleaning.

Implants are incredibly durable too. An implant can last a lifetime, although the crown that covers it may need to be replaced. But that’s an easy fix. We simply custom make a new one fit over your implant. 

To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, give us a call at either our Oxnard or Agoura Hills, CA office. You can also request an appointment using the online booking tool

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