When a patient loses a tooth, a dental implant is put into place to fill the gap. This helps to not only improve the patient’s cosmetic appearance, it also helps ensure they can chew and speak properly. If you are missing teeth, a dental implant may be an ideal option for you, even if you’re only missing a single tooth. Dental implants can help give you your confidence back and help you smile freely once more.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent choice both for their aesthetic appeal and their easy implantation. Unlike bridgework, dental implants don’t require healthy portions of surrounding teeth to be removed when putting into place. They can also help to minimize receding gums and bone loss that can occur with dentures and traditional bridgework. Dental implants are permanent replacements for your regular teeth, so you will need to ensure that you continue regular oral hygiene practices in order to care for them, and regular exams are a must.
What are the different types of dental implants?
For larger procedures involving several teeth, there are two types of dental implants. Endosteal implants are placed into the supporting bone with surgery using screws. Endosteal implants provide excellent support for removable dentures and bridges, making them more stable and comfortable to wear. Superior steal implants are placed on the jaw and require the use of a post that protrudes through the gums to keep the implant in place. This type of implant is usually used for those patients who don’t have much bone structure left due to bone loss, or those who can’t wear dentures.
Mini dental implants are used for less extensive procedures and can be placed in around an hour. Mini dental implants don’t require any cutting into the gums, so there are no stitches and virtually no discomfort at all. You simply arrive at your dentist’s office and leave around an hour later with stable and secure dentures that allow you to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
Whether you’re looking to replace a permanent tooth or hoping for some additional support for your dentures, Manhattan Beach Dental Center can help. Call us today at 310-376-0482 to schedule your consultation appointment and find out if dental implants are right for you. Our staff is committed to getting you the treatment you need to smile with confidence once more.