If you’re someone with a spotless dental health record, you may not think about options for tooth replacement. However, even people with strong oral health can still suffer an accident that causes tooth loss. It’s important to know that if you do lose a tooth, you have options for replacing that tooth. One of the best options for tooth replacement is a dental implant. Dental implants recreate the function and appearance of your original tooth, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice after losing a tooth. Here’s a brief crash course in dental implants.
Dental Implants Are Titanium Posts Placed in Your Jawbone
What makes your teeth so strong and sturdy is their physical connection to your jawbone. Your tooth roots extend into your jaw, allowing you to chew foods with confidence. Some dental prosthetics replace your missing teeth on the surface, but they don’t have the strength and reliability that your original tooth does. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone, strengthening the base of your prosthetic, and your jawbone. This makes dental implants the best long-term prosthetic solution.
Dental Implants Are Topped with a Dental Crown for Esthetics
If you’ve had a root canal or severe infection in a tooth before, you may already have a dental crown. Crowns are fabricated to look like natural teeth. Often, they’re used to cover a vulnerable tooth and protect it from damage. They can also be placed atop an implant to cover the titanium screw and match the appearance of your other teeth. The crown functions like a tooth would, and it has the added stability that the dental implant provides. When you receive your prosthetic, you won’t have to worry that it will stand out next to your other teeth.
How Do You Know Whether or Not Dental Implants Will Work for You?
Dental implants are the strongest, most durable dental prosthetic available, but they don’t work for every situation. You’ll need to work with your dentist to determine if dental implants are the right option for you. You will need to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants. If you have had problems with jawbone degradation (which can be caused by periodontitis), you may not be a strong candidate for implants. You should know that if dental implants won’t work for you, there are other excellent prosthetic options that can restore your smile.
Talk to the Melrose Dental Arts Team About Dental Implants
Dental implants are an incredible prosthetic option that can help you completely recover from tooth loss. Talk to Dr. Amiri and the Melrose team about whether or not dental implants will work for your tooth replacement. Schedule a prosthetic dentistry consultation by calling Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA at 760-724-9117.