Before we discuss why it’s so important to replace missing teeth, let’s talk about what a surgical dental implants California actually are.
A dental implant is a tiny, but exceptionally strong, titanium alloy screw that is used to replace missing or damaged natural teeth. It’s inserted into the jawbone using a drill, so the screw can securely fasten the artificial teeth to the jaw.
Surgical dental implants in California can also be used to support removable dentures.
Why Replacing Missing Teeth Is So Important
Oral Health: When a tooth is lost, your entire dental structure balance is disturbed. The gap that is created by the missing tooth permits the remaining teeth – especially those that are nearest to the gap – to shift and tilt as a result of normal chewing.
This can cause additional problems in the future, particularly if the shifting teeth inhibit the patient’s ability to chew. It isn’t unusual to see someone lose several teeth over the years as a result of this and in many cases, the bone loss occurs in the same row, adjacent to each other. Replacing missing teeth with surgical dental implants in California removes the ability for the other teeth to shift.
Appearance: As shallow as it may sound to someone who is lucky enough to have all their teeth, even one missing tooth can place a lot of emotional stress on a person. And because we are all somewhat concerned about our appearance, a missing tooth (or teeth) can also affect our confidence.
For some patients, a missing tooth or two can lead to depression and damage our self-confidence, which in turn can affect our personal and work life. Surgical dental implants in California are often effective in providing a boost to the patient’s overall morale and confidence.
Comfort: If all of your teeth are intact, you likely don’t have any idea how it feels when a hard piece of food is lodged between the exposed root of a missing molar and an adjacent one. Suffice it to say that it can be a very uncomfortable experience.
And if it continues to happen frequently, some people just give up eating the foods they love to avoid the pain and discomfort. Losing the ability to chew food properly can prevent a patient from enjoying a large part of their life.
Dental prosthetics with the proper surgical dental implants in California to support it can drastically change the life of someone who is missing a tooth. But it’s crucial that the procedure is performed by a trained professional. To determine if implants are right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.