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5 Reasons Dental Implants are The Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

If you’re like most of our patients who have lost a tooth or several teeth, you’re so self-conscious you hide your smile — or just don’t smile at all. You may also have a hard time eating the foods you enjoy.

At Sendero Dental Studio, located in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, and led by Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, we offer an effective solution for missing teeth: replace them with dental implants.

Dental implants do an exceptional job of providing new teeth and protecting your dental health. Let’s take a look at how they’re inserted, then talk about why they’re the gold standard. 

How are dental implants inserted?

A dental implant is a titanium rod that’s surgically placed in your jaw bone to hold a new, prosthetic tooth. Before getting a dental implant, however, you’ll undergo a dental exam and get X-rays of your jaw bone to be sure it’s healthy enough to support the implant.

Even if your jaw is weak or too thin, most patients can still get an implant with the help of a bone graft. After your dentist inserts the bone graft, it fuses with the rest of your jaw bone, creating a solid area to support an implant.

When it’s time for your implant, your dentist performs a simple surgical procedure to insert the implant down into your jaw bone. As your jaw bone heals and regrows, it fuses with the implant, making it as secure as a tooth root.

In the next step, a piece called an abutment is placed on top of the implanted rod, then your dentist creates an impression of your mouth. The mold is used to make a prosthetic tooth that’s permanently cemented to the implant.

All those steps may sound like a long procedure, but it only requires a few trips to the dental office, with a little healing time in between.

So why are dental implants the gold standard for replacing missing teeth? Here are the top five reasons: 

1. Function like your original teeth

As the jaw bone grows around the new implant, it becomes so securely anchored, it duplicates the strength and stability of your original tooth root. With the support of an implant, your new tooth is quite stable and can function just like your natural tooth. 

2. Preserve your jaw bone

Although most patients focus on their appearance after losing a tooth, the gap in your mouth puts you at risk for another problem: a weak and brittle jaw. Your jaw bone needs stimulation from your natural tooth root to maintain strong, healthy bone density. As a result, when you lose a tooth, you also begin to lose jaw bone.

Since implants replace the tooth root, they serve the same function — they help preserve the bone and maintain the overall structure of your mouth. 

3. Protect tooth alignment

When you lose one or more teeth, the nearby teeth begin to move toward the empty space. As they change their position, your bite becomes misaligned. Over time, the misalignment affects your dental health, potentially causing broken teeth, tooth decay, or a damaged jaw. 

4. Restore your natural appearance

In most cases, your new teeth are made from porcelain that matches the existing shade of your other teeth. Porcelain also has a sheen that does the best job of resembling your natural enamel.

Dental implants also give you individual teeth, just like you were born with. Other options to replace missing teeth, such as a bridge, consist of one solid piece made to look like several teeth. Although a bridge is functional, it simply doesn’t have the same natural appearance as a dental implant to replace each missing tooth. 

5. Conserve surrounding teeth

When you get a bridge to replace missing teeth, it’s held in place by the teeth on each side of the bridge. This means the existing teeth that were healthy are ground down so your dentist can cement the bridge over the teeth. In other words, the adjoining teeth are still alive, but some of their enamel is removed to accommodate the bridge.

Dental implants effectively give you back a beautiful smile, restore your teeth to full functioning, and they last a long time - as long as you continue to take care of your teeth and get regular check-ups. If you’re ready to consider dental implants, give Senero Dental Studio a call at 949-204-3761, or request an appointment online

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