Dental implants are the most widely preferred method of tooth replacement. Whether you have lost teeth because of gum disease, a tooth extraction, or injury, dental implant technology offers a natural appearance and function along with predictable long term results. To learn more about dental implants in Newport Beach, CA, contact Dr. Michael Almaraz today!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially titanium screws that are implanted in the jaw bone through a short surgical procedure. After a period of three to six months, the metal and bone will become fused together. Once this process is complete, a tooth shaped crown is placed on top to give the implant a natural appearance and allow for effective chewing and biting functions. Dental implants are a great option for patients who have undergone a tooth extraction or suffered tooth loss due to gum disease.
What are the benefits?
Dental implants provide many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options. For example, removable dentures often lead to bone and tissue loss because they do not provide stimulation that natural teeth do. This means that over time, the fit of your dentures will change and they will start to slip out of place. Dentures must typically be replaced every five to seven years or so.
Fixed bridges are also associated with long term complications. Since they require adjacent teeth to be resized and reshaped, these teeth become more vulnerable to decay and disease and usually require replacement after seven to ten years. Both dentures and fixed bridges are still viable solutions for patients looking for short term replacement.
Is it safe?
Dental implant technology has been used for over two decades now and continues to improve. Patients who received their implants in the early 1980’s are still reporting satisfactory results. If you are in need of a tooth extraction and therefore tooth replacement, or you have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants in Newport Beach, CA, contact Dr. Almaraz and schedule your consultation today!