Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Once a tooth is extracted, it is important to replace it as soon as possible, and one of the best options is with a dental implant. The reason it’s important to replace a missing tooth promptly is to restore proper chewing ability and to prevent damage to your existing teeth.
What is the big deal if I have a missing tooth?
A single missing tooth can cause a host of other issues with your dental health, and affect your other teeth. Your speech may become hindered, as well as your ability to chew food. Plus, missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence or embarrassment.
Missing teeth also can cause:
- Teeth to drift out of place
- Poor nutrition due to decreased chewing ability
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ disorder or TMD)
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
- Painful chewing
- Premature aging
To avoid these risks, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants, known to be the finest, most long-lasting tooth replacement available.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post that is placed in the bone, in place of the root of the missing tooth. This is a surgical procedure, and you will need to heal—likely for several months—as the implant screw fuses with your jawbone. After the healing process is complete, a permanent dental crown is attached to the implant.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
- They are permanent – Dental implants can last the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement treatment will.
- They are convenient – Since you never have to take them in and out of your mouth like a partial or dentures.
- They restore more of your chewing ability – You can eat whatever you want thanks to the strength, stability, and durability of a dental implant.
- They are easy to maintain – To keep your implant clean, just brush and floss it like you would real teeth, while maintaining a regular schedule of check-ups with your dentist in Santa Cruz at least once every six months.
- They are more stable and comfortable – Dental implants will not put pressure on adjacent teeth like a partial denture or dental bridge, which relies on the adjacent teeth to provide support.
- They prevent bone loss – When you lose a tooth, the supporting jawbone eventually will begin to deteriorate because it loses the constant stimulation that was provided by the tooth root. The implant screw, once installed, will provide that stimulation.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The installation of an implant is a surgical procedure. Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, it will need to heal for about 3-6 months. After the healing process is finished, the dental crown procedure will take two visits to complete. The results will look and feel natural, and you can enjoy the benefits of your dental implant for your entire life.
Is a dental implant right for me?
Certain medical conditions or cases of significant bone loss may prevent a patient from getting a dental implant. If you have gum disease, that infection will have to be treated first before you receive an implant. Implants also are not recommended for children. However, a consultation is the best way to determine if a dental implant is right for you.
To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.