SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA
Dental implants might seem like a relatively recent advancement in dentistry, so it may surprise you to learn that implants have been used for more than four decades. And yet, the prevalence of implants was just 0.7% in 2000, then saw a sharp increase to 5.7% by 2015, according to a study published in 2018. Dental implants have increased in popularity, and for good reasons. So today on the blog, find out why Scotts Valley dentists recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth.
The function and form of a dental implant are unmatched
If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with at least one lost permanent tooth, you know how this has affected you. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing some of the foods you once enjoyed. Maybe that tooth resided in a visually prominent place in your mouth, making you self-conscious about your smile. We’re here to tell you that, while an implant is not the same as a real natural tooth, it comes mighty close.
No other tooth replacement looks and feels more like a real tooth. Why? There are several reasons. The implant screw is made of titanium and surgically inserted into your jawbone, replacing the root of the missing tooth. No other method of tooth replacement replaces the tooth root. We top the implant with a crown that is matched to the shape and color of your other natural healthy teeth.
An implant could last you the rest of your life
An alternative to dental implants is a dental bridge. However, dental bridges aren’t designed to last forever and eventually need replacing. Getting dental implants in Los Gatos, however, can be permanent. They’ll last the rest of your life as long as you take care of them, which is as easy as brushing and flossing it the way you do your other natural teeth.
Moreover, an implant is permanently fixed in your mouth so that it won’t slip or shift in your mouth. And, because the implant replaces the tooth root, you avoid the eventual deterioration of your jawbone, which is otherwise inevitable over the long term after losing a permanent tooth.
Implants are an investment in your oral health and overall well-being
We’ll be honest. Dental implants are not cheap. In fact, you’re going to pay more for an implant because of the materials used and the more intensive process required to receive your dental implant. However, since you won’t have to replace an implant, the initial cost ends up being quite the value when extrapolated over the rest of your life and compared to tooth replacements with an average effective lifespan of 10 years or less. When you receive a dental implant in Santa Cruz, you’re also making an investment in yourself. You’re choosing a permanent means of restoring your smile, chewing ability, and boosting your confidence.
Dental Implants in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley
Are you ready to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? Take the next step. Schedule a consultation with an implant dentist near you in Scotts Valley to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Schedule your consultation by calling Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 438-4411 or contact us online.