Missing teeth can ruin an otherwise great smile, but you do not have to rely only on dentures to cover your gaps. Dr. Samir Halaka, who has offices in Hollywood, CA and Van Nuys, CA, provides dental implants, which are becoming a much more popular and efficient option that provides permanent relief to prospective patients.
Dental implants are often the best treatment plan for those missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which rest on top of the gums and must be replaced anywhere between 7 and 15 years, dental implants are long-term substitutes surgically fit directly within the jawbone. Dental implants will then hold your bone in place while keeping your gums from shrinking.
Dental implants are typically composed of three parts: the implant itself, an abutment and the crown. The implant, usually titanium, is fused with the jawbone, at which point the abutment fits over any part of the implant that extends past the gums. The crown is the actual replacement tooth and is attached to the abutment to create a natural appearance. Due to the nature of these procedures only trained professionals are equipped to handle them.
Many of the benefits of dental implants correct the disadvantages of dentures. For example, dentures must be replaced eventually and upkeep can be cumbersome: you will have to regularly clean and maintain your dentures in order to ensure they last a long time. By comparison, dental implants make for a much more efficient and effective option.
Socially, dentures can also lead to embarrassing situations or otherwise undermine your self-confidence while also limiting your dietary options. Dental implants, on the other hand, allow people to live a mentally and physically healthier lifestyle.
Anyone who needs to replace a tooth is a candidate for potential dental implant surgery. This includes anyone suffering from a preexisting medical condition or gum disease. Additionally, if you are currently wearing dentures, then you are definitely ripe for dental implants. Even if you are concerned with bone loss, dental implants can make for a secure and permanent treatment plan.