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When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.
But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?
Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.
More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.
Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.
Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”
If you have a gap in your smile, you may feel ashamed of the way you look. Whether you are missing one, a few, or even all of your teeth, however, your dentist can help restore your smile with dental implants. Are dental implants right for you? Find out more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile with Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA.
Are dental implants right for me?
A good candidate for dental implants should have a strong and committed oral hygiene routine to ensure that their implants remain healthy for years to come. However, a good candidate should also have enough bone left in the area of their gaps to support a dental implant. Patients with significant bone atrophy caused by tooth loss may need a bone graft procedure before their dentist can place their implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace a missing tooth. However, unlike other tooth replacement options, implants also replace the tooth’s root. This allows the implant to stimulate the bone underneath the missing tooth, preventing bone atrophy. Implants also remain in the mouth. Other tooth replacements like dentures require nightly removal and soaking which add time and extra effort to your daily oral care routine.
Dental Implants in Los Angeles, CA
Dental implants are a powerful tooth replacement option which can replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or even all the teeth on an arch. However, not even replaced tooth requires its own implant. While a single tooth uses a single implant, a multiple tooth implant only requires one implant on either end of a dental bridge. Four or more implants hold an entire arch of teeth in place, replacing an entire row of teeth at once.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA. Call (323) 258-2885 to schedule your appointment with your Eagle Rock cosmetic dentist today!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Treat your tooth loss for years to come when you choose to get dental implants in Los Angeles.
As a child, we just can’t wait for our baby teeth to come out in hopes that the Tooth Fairy will leave a little money under our pillow. Unfortunately, as adults, there isn’t the same excitement surrounding tooth loss that there was when you were little. But don’t worry! Our Los Angeles family dentists, Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty, can help restore your smile with dental implants.
What are dental implants?
We are so glad you asked! An implant is a small metal fixture (usually made from titanium) that is placed under the gums where it naturally melds together with the bone and tissue over the course of several weeks or months. The purpose of a dental implant is to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. This artificial tooth root provides a long-term foundation from which to support an artificial tooth or teeth.
How are implants placed?
A metal implant is placed under the gums and fuses to the jawbone to act as a root or anchor for the replacement tooth. Once installed, a porcelain or ceramic crown is set in place with the help of an abutment. The crown replaces the visible portion of the tooth and looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Cosmetically, dental implants can enhance your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. In addition to having your smile restored, dental implants can also improve tooth functioning. With missing teeth replaced, you’ll have a full set of teeth for performing biting and chewing functions. The even distribution of these functions across the entire mouth can protect the natural teeth against the extra wear and tear they were taking on previously to compensate for teeth that were missing.
Do you have questions about dental implants? Do you think this is the proper way to replace your missing teeth? Then it’s time you turned to Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA for all of your dental needs. Call us today to learn more.