At MacArthur Park Dentistry, we do our best to help save, retain and restore your teeth. This is why we make customized recommendations to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. However, sometimes losing a tooth is unavoidable. We understand that it can be both inconvenient and traumatic, and that is precisely why at MacArthur Park Dentistry, we focus on tooth-replacement solutions that make good sense, as well work best for our patients’ unique needs.
Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace your missing teeth, because they function similarly to your own natural teeth. This means that they allow you to live life normally, as well as help you feel confident about your smile. They also have the added benefit of helping to prevent future bone loss, which is common once a tooth is lost. Dental implants also act as space holders for your other teeth, keeping them from drifting toward the gap in your smile.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
If you have a missing tooth or multiple teeth, there is more cause for concern than mere esthetics. A missing tooth also means there is missing bone, which can negatively effect the jawbone’s density and shape. According to studies, the height, width and volume of the bone decreases, even as much as 25 percent in width the first year and as much as four millimeters in height in the following three-to-four years.
When a tooth (or teeth) is missing, the other teeth along the jaw may shift and become crooked over time. The shifting of teeth can also cause various problems, which directly affect the beauty of your smile and the comfort of day-to-day living. Along with affecting the jawbone, a missing tooth can disturb the soft tissue structure of gums, cheeks, and lips
Other problems caused by a missing tooth or teeth include:
- Chewing problems
- Over-reliance on surrounding teeth
- Weakening of remaining teeth
- Speech difficulties
- Discomfort of the mouth
- Facial collapse
To ensure these problems do not occur, the dentists at MacArthur Park Dentistry specialize in teeth replacement through dental implant surgery. A dental implant not only replaces the part of the tooth that can be seen, which is known as the dental crown, but also replaces the root or roots so that it remains in place indefinitely. The dental implant procedures performed at MacArthur Park Dentistry include high-strength porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures.
These oral implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, which means that the body will not reject it. Titanium actually fuses to the jawbone bone through a process called osseointegration. This phenomenon is possible because bone cells react to the titanium, attaching and securing themselves to the implant. Since this process of osseointegration commonly takes several months, a temporary tooth is placed on the implant until it is fully integrated and then the permanent white crown is installed.
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