Because we offer exceptional service and high standards of care, consider Tooth Spa for dental implants in Sunnyvale. Crowns, conventional bridges, or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a foundation for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
A More Natural Look And Feel
In the past when a tooth was lost or damaged, options for restoration included crowns, bridges, and dentures. While each of these created the illusion of a new tooth, the actual structural support for the tooth was lacking, which inevitably led to progressive bone loss in the jaw. Today, cosmetic dentistry has another option for tooth restoration which prevents that complication and often looks and feels more natural than more traditional alternatives: dental implants.
A dental implant serves as a replacement tooth root. The effective non-mobile support provided for replacement teeth, including bridges, crowns, or dentures, allows an implant to look and feel just like a natural tooth. The artificial root structure fuses with the jaw bone, preventing the bone loss that is otherwise inevitable when a tooth is lost to decay, gum disease, or injury.
A Long Lasting Solution
Although traditional tooth replacement alternatives are effective, drawbacks do exist. Surrounding teeth must have enamel removed in order to create an abutment upon which crowns will be placed for bridge support. Additionally, bridges can be difficult to clean, requiring special floss threaders or picks.
Dentures can be unstable, leading to a lack of confidence in their wearers during eating or in social situations. Adhesives are often messy to apply. Additionally, dentures must be cleaned in a specific way, or they can lead to gum disease and infection, just as inadequately cleaned teeth can. Dental implants are a longer lasting, secure and healthier option.
Because of the way dental implants are attached on or in the jawbone, they look and feel just like real teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth without the need to alter surrounding teeth. An implant can also be used to support a bridge or dentures, creating a sturdy base and a bone-strengthening tooth “root.” Because of the way implants are attached in the mouth just like a real tooth, they can be cleaned right along with the natural teeth. Dental implants have a high success rate, between 90 and 95 percent and can last up to 25 years when properly cleaned and maintained.
Not everyone is a candidate for implant dentistry. Someone who has already suffered from extensive bone loss in the jaw may need to have preparatory treatment before they can undergo the implant procedure. Healthy teeth and gums are also necessary before undergoing this type of procedure in order to avoid infection or complications. If you are considering dental implants in Sunnyvale, give us a call to set up an appointment. A thorough dental examination is required to determine whether or not implants are an appropriate choice for a particular candidate.
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