While many patients are familiar with traditional adhesive or crown-supported dental restorations, implants are quickly coming to represent the gold standard for care. At Muntean Dentistry, we provide implant-supported restorations, and work with a specialist for the placement of the implant itself.
To help patients understand why implants are so popular in modern dentistry, we have created this guide to explain what happens when teeth are lost, and how implants preserve and improve the health and appearance of patients’ smiles.
What Happens When You Lose Teeth?
The roots of healthy teeth are essential in preserving the long-term stability of the jaw, as well as facial shape. When teeth are lost, the lack of stimulation leads to bone resorption, creating a sunken appearance and making regular oral function difficult.
How Do Dental Implants Help?
Implants act as the artificial roots to your dental restoration, providing additional support and preventing the onset or progression of bone resorption. The greatest benefits of dental implants are:
Additional Stability: Single and multi-tooth restorations are connected to the implant, which creates ideal support. Prosthetics such as dentures are no longer subject to becoming loose and uncomfortable. This allows patients to regain the full function of their bite without worrying over embarrassing slips.
Long Lasting Jaw Health: Patients who undergo implant placement are able to avoid the difficulties that can arise from tooth loss. Implant posts preserve the stability of the jaw and cheekbones, protecting smile aesthetics and bite comfort for years to come.
Minimal Effect on Neighboring Teeth: Implant-supported restorations are also entirely self-contained. Teeth neighboring the gap in your smile will not need to be shaped in order to support crowns.
Partial dentures supported by dental implants are also less damaging to the remaining healthy teeth, as they will not need to be supported by the clasps of a metal frame. When the prosthetics need to be replaced, the existing implants remain in place and are restored.
Restore Your Smile with Dr. Sorin Muntean
At Muntean Dentistry in Thousand Oaks, we work with a trusted specialist for the safe and effective placement of dental implants. Once your implant has been fully integrated with the jaw, we provide natural looking restorations to ensure comfort and confidence in your smile.
Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or an old, ill-fitting denture, contact us today to schedule your exam and consultation for dental implants.