Why Choose Dental Implants to Replace Teeth?

Posted by Todd Curley Feb 24,2023

At Todd Curley D.D.S., dental implants are small titanium rods surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as the root of a tooth. After the implant has been placed, a period is required for the jawbone to heal and fuse with the implant before it can act as a secure anchor for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Once the implant is securely in place, an abutment can be connected to the top portion of the dental implant, and a custom restoration can be attached to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental implants are beneficial because they provide a secure and stable base for teeth restorations that feel natural and comfortable in the mouth. They are also helpful for oral health because they replace tooth roots and stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss. Dental implants cannot be affected by decay as they cannot get cavities like natural teeth. If cared for properly with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, dental implants can last a patient’s lifetime!

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

An endosteal implant is a type of dental implant that is placed directly into your jawbone. This implant most commonly consists of a titanium screw post-surgically implanted into your jaw after an incision in the gum tissue. A custom abutment and crown are placed over the implant once fully healed, creating a realistic-looking tooth replacement. These are among the most popular dental implants due to their longevity and ability to keep your jaw bone healthy.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are secured on top of the jawbone and underneath the gums, unlike endosteal implants surgically inserted into the jawbone. They are typically placed by an oral surgeon or a periodontist who places the implant and healing abutment into the mouth. Once the gum tissue heals around these pieces, a patient’s restorative dentist will place the artificial tooth or teeth onto the healing abutments. Patients who choose subperiosteal implants must have enough bone tissue to support them. 

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, so patients don’t have to worry about their smile being changed. This is especially valuable for patients who already wear dentures so that they can feel confident about their smile and can chew and speak normally. Plus, the implants are durable, so they have a long lifespan and rarely need to be replaced. 

Dental implants prevent deterioration of the jawbone and facial muscles that can occur after tooth loss, giving the patient’s jaw the support it needs to stay healthy. This also prevents further tooth loss in the future because the bone that is necessary to support a replacement tooth is preserved.

You can experience improved oral health, an enhanced smile appearance, and confidence by choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, contact Todd Curley D.D.S. at Hot Springs Rd, Ste D110, Murrieta 39755, or phone (951) 698-6220.

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