Tooth loss is a prevalent problem experienced by millions of American adults today. It used to be that tooth loss was an age-related condition, but not anymore. Many people lose one or more teeth far before they would be considered "old." Fortunately, modern dentistry is better prepared, both in terms of prevention and in terms of restoration.
One of the most significant developments to occur in dentistry in the last century has been the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth. This approach to tooth replacement extends far beyond any top-of-the-gums restoration, enabling patients to feel fully confidence when they speak, smile, and chew. Still, the dental implant procedure is not one-sided. There are advantages and disadvantages that patients of our Van Nuys practice must weigh as they decide how to move forward into their best smile.
Advantages of dental implants
- Stability. There is a foundation that makes natural teeth fully stable: Tooth loss is not all about what we see. There is also a vital component beneath the gums. When roots are replaced with the tiny cylinders we call dental implants, the overlying restoration gains the stability necessary for all oral functions.
- Structure. The natural structure has integrity that supports not only stable chewing and speech, but also face shape. Without roots beneath teeth, there is no transfer of force, or stimulation, to promote bone growth. Eventually, bone loss can cause facial collapse and an aged appearance.
- Longevity. There are numerous benefits to dental implant treatment, and they all last for as long as implants remain stable in the jawbone. With good oral care, implants can remain structurally sound for life, enabling the patient to feel ultimately confident and comfortable.
Disadvantages of dental implants
- To replace missing teeth with implants and restorations such as crowns, a bridge, or dentures, it is necessary to undergo a minor oral surgery. In our office, we combine local anesthetic with sedation to create a highly comfortable procedure.
- Dental implants require a higher up-front cost than a bridge or dentures. However, the longevity of results makes this approach more cost-effective.
- Dental insurance may extend only partial coverage for this restorative process. For instance, the final crown or denture may be covered, but bone grafting, if necessary, may not be.
Ready for dental implants?
Of the various aspects of dental implant treatment to consider, what matters most is getting back the comfort and functionality you would expect from natural teeth. For more information on dental implants in Van Nuys, call (818) 909 - 0200.
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