When you’re replacing missing teeth, you want to make sure you’re getting the best replacement possible. Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. At Premier Dental Care and Implant Centers, a dentist in Lancaster, CA, and Palmdale, CA, we recommend dental implants. Read more to find out why.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made up of three different parts. First, a titanium post is the part that’s actually implanted in your jawbone. Then, a piece called an abutment is attached to connect the post to the final restoration. For the final restoration, a dental crown is the most common option. However, dental implants can also support a dental bridge or fixed denture.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement for a reason. They’re the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root as well as the crown. This makes them the most stable option, as the implant post actually fuses with the jawbone. This process also stimulates jawbone regeneration, eliminating the look of a sagging face and stopping the process of bone deterioration.
With dental implants, you get back 100% of your bite function. Compare this to the 30-40% you get back with dentures. Implants don’t require you to eliminate any foods from your diet. You also don’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out when you’re sleeping or eating. They’re set in your mouth, requiring no adhesive to hold them in.
Also, implants are one of the most natural-looking and feeling options for replacement. With dentures or a dental bridge, they can sometimes get bulky and require a learning curve when you’re starting to use them. They don’t feel like your natural teeth. Since implants replace the tooth root, they feel like natural teeth when you’re chewing and eating.
To make sure the final restoration contributes to making sure the implant looks natural and fits with your smile, every one is custom-made. Typically, dental crowns are made of high-quality dental ceramic. This material is designed to be durable and stain-resistant. We can color-match the material as well, ensuring it blends in seamlessly with your smile.
With the materials they’re made of, dental implants are designed to be a dental restoration that lasts decades. With dentures or bridges, the jawbone deterioration isn’t stopped because they don’t replace the tooth root. Your jawbone continues to deteriorate, meaning that those restorations have to be adjusted or replaced over time. The fit becomes different as your jawbone changes.