Tooth loss is incredibly common, and it can happen due to disease, decay, neglect, or even traumatic accidents. When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, it is crucial to have that tooth replaced as quickly as possible. Dental implants represent the highest standard of care, restoring the form and function of your teeth while preserving a natural, healthy smile.
At Burbank Periodontics, we have a wealth of experience providing dental implants to our patients throughout the Burbank, CA area.
Why Are Dental Implants the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement?
Dental implants have surpassed dentures, bridges, and other modes of tooth replacement to become the gold standard of care. There are several reasons for this:
- No other tooth replacement method is effective in preventing bone loss/atrophy.
- Dental implants do not require healthy, adjacent teeth to be shaved down.
- Dental implants boast a high long-term success rate and can potentially last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
While numerous options are available for replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer several unique advantages.
Designed For High Success Rate
According to the available clinical research, dental implants have a long-term success rate of 95 percent, and this rate is far higher than any other form of tooth replacement. If you take care of your implants with careful brushing and flossing, addressing heavy bite forces, and routine dental cleaning visits, your implants should last a long time.
Preserves Bone and Facial Structures
Your jawbone requires constant stimulation from the tooth roots. When you lose those tooth roots, it can cause the bone to atrophy, which can, in turn, cause unwanted changes to your facial appearance. Dental implants provide the stimulation needed for healthy jaw growth, preventing these unwanted alterations to the structure of your face.
A Healthier Smile
Other methods of tooth replacement, including partial dentures and tooth-supported bridges, can damage your healthy teeth over time. With dental implants, there is no need to compromise the health of your surrounding teeth.
When you decide to get dental implants, your dentist will create artificial replacement teeth that closely replicate the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth. Dental implants allow you to enjoy a smile that looks natural and to continue enjoying all of your favorite foods.
How Will My Doctor Determine Whether I Am a Candidate for Dental Implants?
When you join us at Burbank Periodontics to discuss getting dental implants, we will begin the process with a consultation. During this appointment, your doctor will perform a full physical examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Additionally, your doctor will need to review your medical imaging, specifically a CT scan, which is taken with our cone beam CT scanner.
Based on this information, your doctor will let you know whether you are a good candidate for a successful dental implant procedure. Additionally, your doctor will tell you how many implants you need to achieve your functional and esthetic goals. Your doctor will also inform you about any additional procedures you require to prepare your mouth for implants. Common examples include bone grafting and tooth extraction.
Your consultation is an excellent time to raise any questions you may have about the dental implant process, recovery, and results.
How Are Dental Implants Placed and Restored?
Once you have a treatment plan in place and any additional procedures needed to prepare your mouth for implants, you will be ready for implant placement.
Local anesthesia will be used for your implant placement. IV or oral sedation may also be used, ensuring your comfort and safety. Implants are small titanium screws, which are inserted into the jawbone and then left to fuse with the surrounding bone.
It may take multiple months for your dental implants to heal in place, providing a steady foundation for your artificial tooth. Once this healing process is complete, you will receive an abutment, which is a connective piece used to attach the prosthesis to the implant.
Generally, replacement teeth are custom-made and then placed by a regular dentist. These teeth are designed to look natural and restore you to a confident, fully functional smile.
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You’re in Good Hands with Burbank Periodontics
Dental implants provide a long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Our practice has ample experience keeping patients safe and comfortable during implant placement while also providing them with optimal results.
To schedule a consultation, reach out to our Burbank, CA practice today at (818) 842-6162.