Tooth loss may be highly preventable with the right dental health care and maintenance, but that doesn’t mean good hygiene guarantees you’ll never lose a tooth. In fact, you might still lose a tooth due to severe accidental damage, or an oral health issue that you couldn’t prevent (such as an impacted or severely crooked tooth). However, the good news is that, even you do lose a tooth, you have an excellent chance of rebuilding your smile and avoiding some of the more serious consequences of tooth loss. At our Oxnard, CA, dental office, we may suggest replacing your lost tooth or teeth with the help of dental implants.
The value in replacing teeth roots
The roots of your teeth serve several important functions for your overall oral health that you might not be immediately aware of. For example, the support that they offer your teeth is obvious, as the roots rest within your jawbone and hold your teeth crowns steady as you bite, chew, speak, and more. However, whenever your teeth roots are stimulated by biting and chewing, they also stimulate your jawbone, which promotes a healthy flow of essential minerals and nutrients. Replacing a lost tooth root is the only way to reestablish this stimulation and flow of nutrients, as well as to emulate the support that healthy roots give your teeth.
The secret to mimicking natural teeth
Dental implants are unique in that they’re the only way to replace the roots of your lost teethwithin your jawbone. Implant posts are made from biocompatible titanium. As your jawbone heals, it fuses to the implant’s surface, holding it permanently in place (similar to a natural tooth root). With one or more implant posts firmly in place, we can secure a custom-designed, highly lifelike dental crown, bridge, or denture to the posts and their abutments.
The advantages of rebuilding your smile
When your dental prosthesis is anchored in place by dental implants, it feels and functions more like your healthy, natural teeth. For example, the posts prevent the shifting and sliding that can often make conventional bridges and dentures uncomfortable. The implants can also stop the erosion of your jawbone that results from decreased stimulation and nutrients. This means your risks of losing more teeth are significantly reduced, as are your risks of experiencing the visual effects known as facial collapse.
Find out if dental implants are right for you
When it comes to replacing one or more lost teeth, dental implants are often the better choice compared to more traditional solutions. For more information, schedule a consultationby calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.