You may have heard of dental implants, and you might be considering implants from Dr. Victor Tran at Origin Dental if you want to restore your smile. But you might not be sure if they’re right for you. So in this blog, we’ll discuss a few situations in which you should definitely think about choosing dental implants to restore your smile. Let’s get started.
If you have lost a tooth due to oral trauma like a slip and fall or another accident, or you have a tooth that’s severely damaged or has been extracted because of oral disease like tooth decay or gum disease, you should definitely consider getting dental implants.
It’s best to get implants to replace your missing tooth as soon as possible. This way, you can restore your smile and your bite immediately, and get back to your day-to-day routine. This also ensures your jaw bone is healthy enough for an implant.
After you lose a tooth, the underlying jaw structure will start to deteriorate, so if you wait more than a year to replace your tooth, you may need additional treatment to strengthen your jaw, like a bone graft or sinus lift.
If you have recently had a set of partial dentures made, or even have received full dentures to restore your smile and your bite, you may not be used to how they feel, or you may not like how they look.
Dentures can be a great low-cost option for restoring your smile. But some patients just can’t get used to how they feel, or dislike the appearance of dentures. If you’re interested in an alternative to traditional dentures, single-tooth or full-arch implants may be a good option for you.
Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth, and they are more long-lasting and natural-looking than partial implants. But they require the trimming of two of your healthy teeth during the placement process. These teeth must be trimmed to act as anchors for two dental crowns, which suspend one or more false teeth in the gap in your smile.
This process is not reversible. So if you don’t like the idea of permanently trimming your healthy teeth, a dental implant may be a better option. A single dental implant can be used to replace just one missing tooth, or more than one implant can be used with a bridge to replace 2-3 or more missing teeth, and your healthy teeth will not be trimmed in this procedure.
The most unique benefit of dental implants is that they stimulate your jaw bone just like a natural tooth. They transmit the pressure and force of chewing and biting, which prevents bone loss.
In contrast, bridges and dentures do not do this, and will not prevent bone resorption after tooth loss. Over time, this can lead to the weakening of your jaw bone and even changes in your facial appearance. With implants, you can avoid this problem completely.
As an experienced implant dentist in Sorrento Valley, Dr. Victor Tran can help you explore the possibilities that dental implants can offer for your smile and your oral health. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for implants, contact us online or give us a call at (858) 264-2555 to schedule an appointment.