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If you are currently missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you know how uncomfortable it is. There are many ways to replace teeth, from wearing a retainer with a tooth (or teeth) on it to getting a fixed bridge or dental implants, which look and feel like natural teeth.
Here’s a little bit more information on dental implants, how they work and their benefits.
WHY MIGHT YOU NEED A DENTAL IMPLANT?
When a tooth is lost or needs to be taken out, there may be a loss in the width and height of the bone at that area where the tooth no longer is. That’s because the area is no longer being stimulated by a natural tooth. At the same time, nearby teeth and opposing teeth begin to move into the space now available, which can cause food to get caught, gum disease, decay and other negative consequences – like an aged look due to cheeks and lips collapsing inwards on areas of tooth loss.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A DENTAL IMPLANT?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, you are a candidate for a dental implant. There are other options to replace a missing tooth, wearing a partial or complete denture with a tooth (teeth) on it or getting a dental bridge, which requires the cutting into and damaging of neighboring teeth in order to build a replacement tooth.
However, those are more short-term solutions that may also cause more negative consequences, like increased tooth decay, compared to dental implants. Dental implants, by contrast, are the most long-term solution that won’t damage adjacent teeth and help patients feel like they never lost any teeth.
WHAT STEPS ARE INVOLVED IN GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Typically, the dental implant process has a few steps. These steps begin with your regular dentist and end with a periodontist. Periodontists are only needed to do the surgical element, while the dentist takes care of the restoration.
1. A Consultation
2. The Surgical Appointment: Preparing the Implant Site
3. Next Appointment: Getting Temporary Crown & a Tooth Impression
4. The Final Appointment: Getting a Permanent Crown
There may be one extra step besides these 4. If a patient doesn’t have enough bone to fuse and integrate with the implant (as seen in Step 2) the patient will need to have a bone grafting procedure done. At the consultation, you will be able to find out if this step is needed. You can also learn more about this straightforward procedure on our Bone Grafting Page.
TO BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION AND LEARN MORE
Here at Poway Perio, under the experience of Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD, we are happy to help you fight periodontal disease and get your teeth and gums back to good health. If you have more questions or would like to book a consultation, we’re happy to discuss your individual situation. Just give us a call at 858.679.0142.