Wondering About Dental Implants? Ask These Questions

Contrary to popular belief, tooth loss isn’t something that everyone has to go through. In fact, with consistent preventive care and an excellent hygiene routine, you have a good chance of preventing it from ever happening. However, for patients in Encinitas/San Diego who do experience tooth loss, we offer a highly lifelike solution in the form of dental implants. If you’re curious about dental implants and what they can do for your smile, then ask your periodontist about their many benefits.

Why do prosthetic roots matter?

Dental implants are popular because they’re the only option for replacing lost teeth roots, which is important to both your immediate bite function and your long-term oral health. Implant posts offer significantly improved comfort and stability for your replacement teeth, and they restore the stimulation that your jawbone relies on to promote a healthy flow of nutrients. Without them, your jawbone can grow weaker and lose mass and density over time.

Do I need to replace my bridge/denture?

If you already wear a dental bridge or denture to replace your lost teeth, then you can still qualify for dental implants. After your posts have been implanted, you may need a new, custom-designed prosthesis made specifically to fit onto your dental implant posts and abutments. Together, your implants and custom prosthesis will create a much more lifelike restoration to rebuild your smile.

How long will my implants last?

Once dental implants are placed within your jawbone, the bone structure will fuse to the implant posts as it heals. This process, known as osseointegration, is the key to dental implants’ success. With proper care and maintenance, they can remain a permanent part of your jawbone, recreating the vital functions that your lost teeth roots were responsible for. The improved stability of the prosthesis may even reduce the rate of wear, extending the amount of time before it needs replacement.

Learn more by calling our office

Dental implants can offer the most comprehensive option for rebuilding your smile. For more information about dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.