Missing teeth can have more than just an aesthetic impact on your smile, they can also cause significant damage to your oral health. With dental implants, you can restore the health and appearance of your smile with a technologically advanced solution for tooth replacement. If you want to learn more about the benefits that dental implants can have on your smile, schedule a visit with Misty Henne, DMD, at Cherry Family Dental in South San Jose, California. Schedule your appointment today by calling the office or booking online.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your dentist embeds into your jawbone. When used in conjunction with a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures, dental implants can help to replace a missing tooth or teeth by replicating the structure of a natural tooth root.
Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials (typically titanium), so your body doesn’t recognize it as a foreign substance. As your jaw heals from your placement surgery, your implant fuses with your bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This makes your implant a sturdy anchor for your restoration and enables it to provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone, which can prevent bone loss.
By replacing your missing teeth, dental implants improve the functioning of your smile and the quality of your oral health. You need your teeth in order to properly chew and speak, and dental implants enable patients with missing teeth to regain those abilities.
Missing teeth also leave an empty space in your smile that your remaining teeth can drift into, which throws off the alignment of your bite, causes joint pain, and creates excessive wear and tear on your teeth. By filling in those spaces, dental implants keep the rest of your teeth in their proper place.
The unattractive spaces left by missing teeth can also hurt your confidence. By filling in those holes and restoring your smile, dental implants improve your self-esteem.
Compared to other tooth-replacement technologies, like bridges and traditional dentures, dental implants are advanced and advantageous. Unlike bridges, dental implants don’t require your dentist to shave enamel from your neighboring teeth in order to replace a tooth.
And because dentures sit on top of your gums, they don’t provide any stimulation to your jawbone, which can lead to bone loss and a sunken-in appearance in your face. Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate your jawbone, which helps to preserve your bone and facial muscles.
If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, Dr. Henne takes digital X-rays and uses an iTero® 3D scanner to determine whether dental implants are a good choice for you.
She then refers you to an implant specialist, Dr. Bhullar at Glen Dental, who performs the surgery to place your implants. The process requires a few visits spread out over a couple of months, after which point you come back to Cherry Family Dental to get your restoration, whether that be a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Get started with your dental implants today by calling the Cherry Family Dental office or booking a visit online.