Dental Implants

Santa Monica woman with a beautiful smile thanks to dental implants

Images shown are stock photos, not actual patients.

While dental care is constantly improving and the advancements made in oral healthcare are consistently impressive, the fact is that many people still experience tooth loss. This loss may be due to any number of reasons – decay, disease, or trauma are among the most common. Regardless of the reason, the end result is the same: patients are in need of reconstructive or restorative procedures in order to help repair or replace fractured or missing teeth. While some of the available options presented to patients are fairly well-known, including dentures and bridges, some of them are fairly new and might not be as widely recognized.

What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are devices used to replace the roots of teeth. They are invaluable in that they help guarantee a solid foundation for restorative procedures such as replacement teeth. Without this foundation, it is entirely likely that bone loss will continue to deteriorate further. This will most likely result in an impaired jaw structure as well as damaged replacement devices.

Dental implant diagram showing the dental implant in the jaw placed by a Santa Monica dentist.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
In addition to the above, dental implants have a number of advantages over more conventional forms of reconstruction. One of the most important benefits is an improved appearance. Self-esteem is vitally important to an individual’s overall happiness, and teeth are a regular source of anxiety. With dental implants, you can be sure that you are receiving a restoration that not only feels like a real tooth – it looks and functions like one, too! A related benefit is the fact that dental implants affect your speech far less than dentures or bridges. Dentures in particular are notorious for their somewhat “flexible” fit, and their sliding can often cause issues with clear enunciation that lead to increased anxiety about something as necessary and vital as having a conversation with a family member or friend. Dental implants are made to fuse with your existing bone, which means that they won’t slide around and make it difficult for you to speak.

Another benefit of dental implants is the comfort that they provide. As briefly mentioned above, dental implants are designed to fuse with your jawbone. They become a permanent fixture of your mouth and work just like you would expect. Once they are implanted and have time to heal, dental implants won’t feel uncomfortable or unnatural at all. They also allow for a natural and familiar eating experience, something that is often taken for granted by people who have never had to deal with tooth loss or reconstructive procedures. Other solutions such as dentures tend to interfere with your taste buds in addition to moving while you chew. Dental implants don’t have these issues, however, and allow you to eat comfortably and easily. Additionally, dental implants are very easy to clean and maintain through regular brushing and flossing.

A final (but not the final, certainly) benefit is the fact that dental implants do not require the support of surrounding teeth. They are inserted as needed and placed precisely where they need to go. They support themselves, in other words, and don’t require any alteration to existing teeth. This helps promote your oral health in the short as well as long term.

Call Santa Monica Bay Dental today to learn more about dental implants! Call us at (310) 736-2277.