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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

September 11, 2014

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option for strong, natural looking replacements for single or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Jenny Apekian can help those patients in Sacramento, California who wish to replace a missing tooth with a more long-lasting and natural feeling option than dentures or bridges. Typically made from titanium, dental implants are utilized for the restoration of missing teeth. These implants are being placed within the jawbone and serve as a platform to retain the implant crown, thereby restoring the missing tooth. The procedure is performed with an incision in the gums, followed by inserting the dental implant inside the jaw bone where the original tooth root resided. After the dental implant has been inserted, gums will be sewn up while allowing time to enable the bone and gums to heal. The course of healing might take up to a few months, but it is vital that the bone and gums are adequately healed and strong enough to hold a prosthetic tooth in place.

Consultation

Before a procedure starts, you will first have a thorough consultation and analysis with Dr. Apekian. In the preliminary consultation, Dr. Apekian will evaluate the teeth that require the implant(s). Upon the evaluation of the mouth, Dr. Apekian will make sure that there is strong and adequate bone for supporting the implant procedure. When there is inadequate bone, you do have the choice to receive a bone graft.

The Benefits of Dental Implant

Benefits of Dental Implant

Different from bridges or dentures, dental implants are virtually permanent. Bridges may also be permanent, but this will depend largely upon the stability and health of the adjacent teeth to be successful. All things considered, implants are the more favorable option for prosthetic teeth as they are the more reliable and natural replacement for an actual tooth. In addition, dental implants are the only replacement option that will actually maintain the structure of the jawbone throughout your lifetime. When a tooth is extracted, the area of the missing tooth and surrounding bone will continue to resorb over time, losing that youthful appearance. Dental implants help maintain the dimensions of the jawbone just like teeth.

As for aesthetics, dental implants feel and look exactly like a real teeth. Bridges change the surrounding teeth on which they are being anchored and may even cause damage to those teeth in the long run. Dental implants merely replace each individual tooth, so they don't have any side effects upon the natural gums or surrounding teeth.  

Aftercare Procedure

Dental implants should be cared for, just as real teeth. You need to brush them regularly along with all the proper care associated with good dental hygiene. Plaque may build up on implants and should be removed thoroughly, or it may reduce the prosthetic tooth's longevity.  

For individuals with missing teeth, dental implants often mean the difference between having the confidence to smile or hiding your mouth from the world. An attractive, healthy looking smile can truly affect your confidence at work and in your profession, which can have a positive impact upon your personal finances. In addition to your confidence, dental implants often make it easier to enjoy the foods you love!

There are many benefits and advantages you can have from dental implants. We invite you to contact Dr. Jenny Apekian at Midtown Dental in Sacramento, California; Call us at (916) 764-3430 for a consultation.