Did you know missing teeth can lead to bone loss? Unfortunately, it’s true. At Hill and Schneidmiller DDS, we want to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. We want you to look and feel your best, and we can do this in a number of effective ways.
One of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth is through dental implant surgery. Implants are an incredible way to heal your smile and restore your bite with long-term, top-quality results.
If you’re concerned about a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be a good option for you.
What Are Dental Implants, and How Can They Help Me?
Implants are one way to replace missing teeth. But you may be asking yourself what makes implants unique from other tooth replacement options? Quite a lot, in fact.
One of the most important aspects of an implant is that it replaces the entire tooth, and not just the biting surface. Each dental implant consists of a small metal post that is placed in the jaw. These act as artificial tooth roots, providing a secure and stable anchor for the replacement teeth.
After placement, dental implants fuse themselves into the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, in much the same way that a pin will strengthen a broken bone as it heals.
Once the post is in place and the bone has healed, a replacement tooth consisting of a beautiful dental crown is mounted onto a connecting piece that joins the post to the dental crown—this is where we come in. We provide durable, long-lasting prosthetic teeth to complete your implant.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Many things can cause tooth loss, such as accidents and many types of drugs. However, the leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease, also called periodontal disease.
Gum disease starts as the irritation of gum tissue, when plaque bacteria begins to build up. At first it can seem extremely minor, but if not treated it will progress to gum recession, tooth loosening, and eventually tooth loss.
Tooth loss can be devastating to a person’s ability to bite, chew, or even speak clearly. This is especially true with cases of multiple missing teeth. That’s why replacing a missing tooth or teeth is a vital part of quality dental care.
The Benefits of Implants
Restoring a tooth with a complete synthetic replacement can give you your lifestyle back. You can once again eat the foods you love without worry; you’ll be able to speak as you used to; and on top of everything else, synthetic roots will also keep the bone of the jaw, teeth, and gums all healthy.
You do need to have a healthy mouth and sufficient bone density to support the implant. So, a visit to our office for a consultation can determine if dental implants are right for you.
What Kinds of Dental Implant Options Are Available?
To get the most out of your dental care, we will help you build a treatment plan that is right for your specific needs. Dental reconstruction can come in a number of different forms, and we choose from those options to find the best dental implants or tooth restoration that works for you.
Single Implants | The most common form of dental implant placement is the single implant. This means that one tooth is missing, one implant post is placed, and one dental crown is attached to it.
Implant Bridge | Dental bridges have been used for a very long time to span a gap in one’s bite. Traditionally, they are made of a set of connected crowns that are attached to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap.
Implant bridges do much the same, but instead of attaching to healthy teeth, they are anchored to one or more implant posts in your jawbone instead. This way, your remaining teeth are not involved at all.
Full Mouth Dental Implants | Full dental implants are available for those who are missing all of their teeth. If your jawbone is healthy enough, you can get each of your lost teeth individually replaced with a complete synthetic tooth structure.
Denture Implants | The full dental implants cost can be overwhelming for some. In that case, there is an amazing alternative to full mouth dental implants: permanent dentures.
It’s true. Dentures can also be held in place by implants, getting rid of any shifting and sliding problems from traditional dentures. The secure fit of these permanent false teeth feels more natural than other adhesive options.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept Dental Implants | “All-on-4 Treatment Concept implants” means just what it sounds like: the entire denture structure will be anchored by four strategically placed dental implants.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a method of implant placement that allows us to make the most efficient use out of your time in the dental chair. This is an excellent way to heal your whole smile with as little time in the chair as possible.
What Part Does Hill and Schneidmiller Take in Implant Placement?
If implants are right for you, the posts will be placed by an oral surgeon outside our office. We’ll use the latest in dental tools, radiography, and other technology, along with local anesthesia—though sometimes it is not needed.
When you return, you can rest assured we will see to your comfort through the remainder of the process. We want you to feel like family here in our office, which means your dental implant restoration is our priority!
After receiving your implant restorations, we will instruct you on the care of your new teeth to ensure long-lasting results. The new teeth will give you the full, beautiful smile you deserve!
Find Teeth Implants Near Me in La Mesa, CA
Dental implants can be a great option for you, but don’t delay! Why wait to get the whole and healthy smile you deserve?
If you live in San Diego or near La Mesa and want to improve the aesthetic of your smile and your overall oral health, call us today to set up an appointment.