Torrance Dental Implants
Having a missing tooth represents a larger concern than a simple cosmetic issue. Over time, the other teeth in your mouth will attempt to fill the gap, even pulling out of their sockets in order to fill the gap. Torrance Dental implants are artificial tooth roods that can be used to hold false or replacement teeth in place in areas where you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth. These implants can make dental bridges and dentures far more comfortable and natural-feeling, improving your ability to chew and speak naturally. They also give dental prostheses a more natural look and feel. One of the largest benefits of dental implants, however, is that they can help minimize the bone loss that often occurs with dentures and bridgework where teeth have been lost.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants have several advantages over other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as partial dentures, dental crowns, and dental bridges. Unlike these prosthetics, dental implants do not require the removal of tooth enamel from surrounding teeth. Dental implants also have the benefit of minimizing bone loss and the occurrence of receding gums that may occur with traditional dentures. The success rate for dental implants is very high, and they have very few installation complications recorded.
Which implant is right for you?
There are three main types of dental implants:
- Mini implants are usually used to help keep dentures firmly in place, eliminating or reducing the need for unpleasant and goopy paste and over the counter glues. These implants can be placed in one short office visit, and can vastly improve the feel of your dentures.
- Endosteal implants are surgically placed into the bone structure that usually holds your teeth using screws. These are the most common type of implant, and provide superior stability and support for dental bridges and other tooth replacements.
- Subperiosteal implants must be placed directly onto the jaw, and are reserved for those who have suffered from major bone loss, leaving them with minimal bone structure.
Caring for your dental implants
Whether you’ve had dental implants placed to care for one tooth or several teeth, it is important that you continue regular oral hygiene care such as brushing and flossing. You will also need to keep regular appointments with your dentist to ensure the implants, as well as your remaining teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. If this will be difficult for you, or if you have a condition that would prevent you from following these procedures, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants.
For more information on dental implants, or to see if you would be a good candidate for the procedure, call Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at (310) 325-4155 for a consultation. We look forward to answering any questions you might have, and helping you achieve the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.