Dental implants are a restorative dentistry procedure used to replace missing teeth and prevent further damage to the jaw bone.
Our California dental implants replace tooth roots and their appearance and feel are made to match that of your natural teeth. The importance of replacing missing teeth goes beyond the poor esthetic presence that you look older than you actually are. The effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to your long term oral and medical health. Dr. Sutton is highly trained and has years of experience assisting patients with the effects of missing teeth and can have you on your way to a healthy bright smile in just a few quick visits.
Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants?
If missing teeth are not replaced it can effect the way the jaw closes and cause the remaining teeth to shift into these gaps. Additionally, food can become trapped in these spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. The shifting teeth can also cause problems for the opposite teeth triggering the opposing jaw-line to have bite relationship problems. This can lead to TMJ problems (painful problems with the jaw joint).
Once a tooth is lost, the remaining jaw begins atrophy and can lead to bone loss. If this continues to go on without medical attention more teeth can be lost and it becomes more difficult to eat and chew food, affecting the overall quality of life. The longer a person waits to find a remedy to this problem, any chance they have of getting a successful dental restoration is greatly diminished.
A tooth should be replaced immediately after it is lost to prevent additional oral health issues and limitations of the mouth. If you have lost teeth you can get help. Contact Dr. Sutton of Sonoma Smiles for a free consultation so that he can discuss the remedies to get you a healthy, confident smile.
Reasons for Tooth Loss
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, leading to confidence issues or making one self-conscious. Additional problems associated with tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and other problems like malnutrition. Dental implants can remedy all the following situations:
- Excessive wear and tear
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
- Congenital defects
- Failed root canal
- Tooth decay
How do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are the process of replacing tooth roots. The restoration includes many advantages including improved appearance, speech, and comfort because they are made to look and feel like your own teeth. The implant is placed permanently into the jaw bone and is left to heal. This process, called osseointegration allows for the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. After the healing process of osseointegration occurs the crown can be placed and you will be left with a tooth that looks and feels natural.
Unlike bridges, implants do not require neighboring teeth to be reduced because they do not need to be supported by other teeth. Your other natural teeth will be un-touched leading to a healthier smile. This is the most conservative way to replace a missing tooth.
Mini Dental Implants
Sonoma Smiles offers two different dental implants options: traditional implants as described above and mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are recommended for patients who have dentures but are troubled by their loose fit. Mini implants involve a short, hour-long procedure that locks a loose denture securely in place. The implants small size (about the diameter of a toothpick) makes them ideal for people who can’t undergo the surgery associated with traditional implants.
Our California Dental Implants will work and look like your natural teeth. Dr. Sutton will use his expert touch to make your implant look exactly like your natural teeth and improve the quality of your oral health. To learn more about the advantages of dental implants or if you have any additional questions contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Sonoma Smiles or schedule a free consultation with the doctor today!