The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment for dealing with tooth loss, and one that we are proud to offer at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery. This modern treatment provides an alternative to the traditional treatments of bridges and dentures. They consist of small titanium posts, which we surgically place into your jaw. Your natural bone fuses to the posts as you heal, turning them into stable roots that are then used to support your replacement teeth. Dental implants are the most popular treatment for tooth loss today and provide numerous benefits.
Meeting a Variety of Needs
Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Whether you are missing just one tooth, you are missing several, or you are missing an entire arch, there are dental implants to meet those needs. We also offer dental implants such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, which can be used for replacing an entire arch of teeth when you have lost too much bone mass.
Restored Ability to Eat
Tooth loss makes biting and chewing much more difficult. You may even find it harder to eat all of your favorite foods. Poor chewing can also interfere with proper digestion, as your body has a harder time accessing essential nutrients from the foods you eat. Even if you eat a well-balanced diet, you may still suffer from malnutrition. With dental implants, biting and chewing is restored. Your teeth are strong and stable, allowing you to go back to enjoying your favorite foods again. You are also able to chew thoroughly, improving your overall nutrition.
Tooth loss can lead to difficulties speaking. You might develop a lisp, or have a harder time saying certain words. This can lead to miscommunication or having to repeat yourself several times. Dental implants restore your speech, and you do not have to worry about learning how to speak with a foreign object in your mouth.
Regain Your Confidence
One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact that it has on your smile. When the quality of your smile deteriorates, your confidence can plummet. The ceramic crowns used for dental implants look just like your natural teeth, and the feel just likes them too. Ceramic can be made to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. Additionally, it reflects light just like your natural enamel, aiding in providing you with a beautiful result. With your smile restored, your confidence will increase.
Easy to Care For
A common complaint of dentures is that they require a significant amount of daily maintenance. You have to remove them and clean them with denture paste before allowing them to soak overnight. After cleaning your dentures, you have to clean the rest of your mouth. With dental implants, your new crowns can be brushed and flossed just like the rest of your natural teeth.
Another complaint about dentures is that they put pressure on the gums, and they can rub the tissue, causing sores. With dental implants, your teeth are supported by the titanium posts, rather than your gums. No pressure is placed on your gums. The teeth are also held securely in place, so they will not slip and rub the tissue.
Preservation of Your Jawbone
Even though dentures replace your missing teeth, they cannot stop the bone loss that occurs. As a result, your dentures eventually no longer fit properly and need to be replaced. Dental implants are the only treatment for tooth loss that can protect the health of your jawbone. The posts in your jaw function like your natural tooth roots and stimulate the bone. This restores the message to your body, so essential nutrients are sent to your jaw. This stops, and prevents, bone loss, protecting the integrity of your jawbone.
Dental implants provide numerous benefits over traditional treatments for missing teeth. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery today at (805) 267-9766.
Dental implants and All-on-4® Treatment Concept has literally transformed millions of lives. Why not see what they can do for you or someone you love? Want to know more?
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