Dental implants are high-quality restorations that can replace one or multiple missing teeth. Implants often prevent oral health problems and improve daily quality of life for patients with lost teeth. Dental implants are investments for your smile, boasting high patient satisfaction and natural-looking results. Our dental offices use dental implants to secure crowns, bridges, and dentures. Discover the benefits of dental implants in our Lancaster and Palmdale, CA, offices below.
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth With Implants?
Replacing permanent teeth with a quality restoration can prevent future dental problems. Even losing a single tooth can lead to:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Shifting teeth
- Difficulty speaking
- Further bone loss
Contact our dentist’s office as soon as you lose a permanent tooth. Receiving an implant restoration as soon as possible can preserve your dental health. Waiting to replace missing teeth can increase treatment time and total cost. Missing teeth can quickly snowball to contribute to other dental problems.
The Top Benefits of Dental Implants in Palmdale, CA
Along with our in-office expertise care, dental implants have many advantages for patients missing permanent teeth. Dental implants use strong, durable materials that create long-lasting restorations. Replacing missing teeth with implants can improve tooth appearance, bite function, and speech. Below, we will review in detail the benefits of using dental implants in restorative dentistry:
Dental implants consist of a titanium post, abutment, and restoration. Implant posts are titanium metal and fuse with the jaw bone over time. This healing process ensures that implants are strong like natural teeth. Traditional dentures require rebasing and replacement over time. You do not need to rebase an implant-supported restoration.
Dental implants also have a 95 percent success rate. If patients continue caring for oral health, their implant restoration can last many years. A good oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits keep implants stable. The titanium implant posts themselves are permanent. They will stay in place as long as you are healthy.
While they may cost more upfront than traditional restorations, implants last. Ultimately, implants are also cost-effective because of their strength and longevity.
Improved Oral Health
Missing teeth can cause many oral health and overall health problems. A single missing tooth can contribute to bone loss. Without proper support, the body reabsorbs the bone. Restoring one or more missing teeth with dental implants supports the jaw bone, gum tissue, and surrounding natural teeth.
Bone loss is still common for patients who receive traditional restorations. Removable dentures lay on the gums and do not support the underlying bone. While dentures improve the look of teeth, they do not contribute to bone and gum health. Dentures can irritate the gum tissue.
Brushing and flossing implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures is simple. Patients with implant restorations can floss and brush as they would their natural teeth. Because implants are fixed, restorations do not require removal.
Implant-secured crowns, bridges, and dentures provide more functionality than traditional removable restorations. Because implants replace teeth at the roots, they offer a stable foundation for dental restorations. Patients do not need to worry about their restorations slipping or falling out with implants.
Dentures can impair speech. Patients who wear dentures often find pronouncing “th” or “ch” sounds hard. Implants provide proper support to help patients speak clearly.
Fewer Dietary Restrictions
Additionally, patients find it easier to speak and eat with implant-secured restorations than with removable restorations. Removable dentures can have dietary restrictions, making it difficult to bite and chew. Food can also get stuck under dentures when they slip.
Implant restorations allow patients to eat the foods they love. This is because implants restore most of the natural bite force. Dentures and bridges can only restore so much of the bite. Patients who receive these treatments must eat softer foods. However, once patients are used to implant restorations, they can eat normally. Removing food debris between implant prosthetics is easy because implants function like natural teeth.
Improved Facial Appearance
Dental implants use false teeth that look and feel natural. Filling tooth gaps with implants and implant-secured restorations can improve patient’s confidence in their smile. Oftentimes, patients with missing teeth avoid smiling or laughing to cover their tooth gaps. Missing teeth can be embarrassing for many patients.
Implants replace missing teeth with stable restorations. The implant posts ensure that tooth-colored prosthetics stay in place. There is also no visible hardware for implant treatment. Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures cover implants above the gum line.
Additionally, dental implants prevent further jaw bone loss and problems like facial sagging. Patients who do not immediately replace their missing teeth lose their natural jawbone. Over time, they may look older as they lose support in their jaw. Implants and implant-supported restorations add structure to the face and jaw. As a result, patients can combat problems like premature wrinkling.
Am I an Implant Candidate?
Watch this video to discover more about how we treat patients with tooth loss. Before restorative treatment, we ensure that our patients are great candidates for implant restorations:
Generally, patients with one or more missing teeth, natural jaw bone, and good oral health are implant candidates. If you are not an implant candidate, we can provide treatment to ensure your candidacy. We offer bone grafting, gum disease treatment, and more. Contact our office if you want to replace an old restoration or need to restore newly missing teeth.
Our Dental Implant Services
Explore the dental implant services we provide patients with missing teeth in Lancaster and Palmdale:
Ask Us About Dental Implant Treatment
Do you want to learn more about what dental implants can do for your oral health? Call our Lancaster, CA, dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit online. You may also call our Palmdale, CA, dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or request a dental appointment online.
Let us know if you have questions about how dental implants can benefit you. We always ensure that restorations are right for patients before they undergo treatment. Our office can help you become an implant candidate.