There are a variety of choices available to patients who have experienced tooth loss or tooth extraction. Dentists in Simi Valley, CA often provide solutions such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. But which one is right for you? For many patients who visit our practice asking about tooth replacement, the dental implant stands out as the prime choice for many interested in a more permanent, long-lasting tooth replacement that stops bone loss.
What is a dental implant?
Simi Valley dentist, Dr. Kevin Ju, describes the dental implant as the gold standard in replacing missing teeth permanently. These implants, made of a metal called titanium, are biocompatible with the body. During a surgical procedure, the implant, which looks like a small post, is placed strategically into the jaw bone where the missing tooth once was. The implant placement stimulates a process known as osseointegration, which causes the natural bone to grow around the implant and solidify it in place. In doing so, it not only helps stop bone loss called dental resorption but can improve the bone of the jaw through osseointegration. Because the bone of the jaw wraps around the implant, it provides a stable, reliable foundation for restorations, including crowns, bridges, and even full dentures.
Are implants the only replacement that maintains the bone of the jaw?
If you’ve ever known anyone that has been wearing traditional complete dentures for quite some time, you may have become aware of the changes that occur to the shape of their face and jaw. Bone loss starts as soon as a tooth has been lost, and without stimulation or bone grafting, bone resorption will continue to break down the presence of bone. This causes the mouth to have a “sunken-in” appearance often seen with long-term denture wearers. With the dental implant, the bone is maintained, and patients will not experience the same type of bone loss they would with alternative solutions.
Why should I choose dental implants?
There are several reasons outside of stopping bone loss that causes many patients to move forward with the placement of dental implants. Simi Valley patients may also enjoy these added benefits:
• Growth of bone in the jaw
• The natural function of the tooth replacement
• Versatility with restorations including crowns, bridges, or dentures
• A stable foundation for restoration
• Long-term replacement, with dental implants commonly lasting decades
• A wise investment in restoring the health, function, and appearance of the smile
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Simi Valley dentists will often consult with a patient and perform an evaluation to decide if a patient is a good fit for a dental implant. Potential patients must have sufficient bone in place already to ensure successful implantation. Patients might consider bone grafting to prepare the jaw for the upcoming restoration. X-rays are used to evaluate the smile’s health and decide if an implant can be placed appropriately.
How do I maintain my dental implant?
Dental implants require minimal maintenance, making them a fantastic choice for patients with busy and active lifestyles. Patients are educated on how to brush and floss around their implant, as well as how to care for their smile to reduce the risks of developing periodontal disease—which can also cause unwanted bone loss. With proper care, patients can expect their new implants to last them a lifetime!
Take the first step towards restoring your smile with dental implants!
If you have been thinking about the options available to you for restoring your smile’s function and appearance after tooth loss, Dr. Kevin Ju and his team at Hello Smile are here to help. Call the office at (805) 380-5048 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. Simi Valley, CA area patients can visit the office at 1782 Erringer Road, which is open to new patients.