In our society, missing teeth come with a huge stigma attached. If you have missing teeth, particularly in places where they are easily noticeable, you have probably noticed that people make snap judgments about you. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your missing teeth, you might avoid smiling or you may cover your mouth with your hands. This is no way to live.
In addition to the aesthetic concern, missing teeth can also have a seriously detrimental effect on the health of your mouth. In time, your bone and gum tissue recedes, changing the shape of your face, contributing to gum disease, and causing your other teeth to come loose and fall out.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an innovative new option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges and dentures, which are designed to sit above the gumline, dental implants are actually integrated into your jaw.
The implant is made up of two basic parts – the biocompatible titanium post that is anchored into your jawbone and the crown that is attached to the post and looks just like a natural tooth. Roseville dentist Dr. Rhandawa is able to perform both parts of the dental implant process. He can place the metal post and restore the crown. This allows you to have the entire procedure completed by a dentist you know and trust.
The Dental Implant Advantage
The biggest advantage that dental implants have over other tooth replacement options is that the titanium post actually performs the same functions as a natural tooth root.
Your tooth root helps to keep the bone tissue in your jaw strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, the bone begins to weaken and reabsorb. This creates a chain reaction that leads to more lost teeth. As the tissue in your jaw recedes, your face begins to develop that sunken look that is so familiar in people who have lost teeth and makes you look older than you actually are. While tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges can make you look like you have all your teeth, they can’t prevent the bone loss.
The titanium “root” of a dental implant works the same way as your own natural teeth roots and keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong.
Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are just as easy to care for as your own natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about special brushes and cleansers; just follow your regular brushing and flossing routine as set out by Dr. Rhandawa.
Implants have one advantage over natural teeth – they can’t develop cavities or decay! Plaque and tartar can still build up on the crown of the implant, though, and this can lead to bad breath and gum disease (especially when plaque builds up close to or beneath the gumline), so it’s important to continue regular care, including regular preventive care visits and cleanings at our office.
To discuss dental implants and find out if they are the right option for you, give our Roseville dental office a call today!