Whether by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or facial injury, millions of Americans lose their teeth every year. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, the average adult between ages 20-64 may have up to three decayed or missing teeth. Tooth loss not only destroys your smile but can rob you of your ability to chew and digest your food properly. Until about 25 years ago, the only treatments available for missing teeth were cumbersome dentures and difficult dental bridges. At Omni Dental Specialty in Oxnard, California, however, Kourosh Keihani, DDS, and his team use the latest in tooth replacement technology – dental implants – to restore your smile. If you’d like to learn more about how dental implants can give you back your winning smile, call Omni Dental Specialty today or book your appointment online.
Simply put, dental implants are replacement roots for your teeth. Implants are usually made out of titanium and are surgically implanted under your gums, fusing with your jawbone to act as an anchor for artificial teeth. Dental implants can also be used to affix dentures and dental bridges in place, preventing them from sliding around your mouth while chewing or speaking.
The American Dental Association approves of two types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants get surgically implanted right into your jawbone, where they act as an anchor for the titanium posts that will hold your artificial teeth. Once your gums and jawbone have healed from this initial surgery, your doctor will then order a second surgery to attach the posts to the implant, allowing your doctor to fasten new, artificial teeth to the posts. These artificial teeth may be attached individually to each post, or the posts may be used to secure dentures or dental bridges.
Subperiosteal implants are similar to endosteal implants, but come with their posts already attached. They sit on top of your jawbone and will fuse with it as you heal from your surgery. Once your gums heal, your doctor can then mount your new, artificial teeth upon the posts.
Dental implants have many advantages over traditional dentures and dental bridges. These include:
When you get dental implants, you can have a replacement for missing or damaged teeth that last a lifetime with proper care.
Dental implants are safe, effective, and permanent. The success of your dental implants may vary depending upon their location along the jaw, but overall, dental implants have a success rate of over 98%.
For the most part, dental implants are safe enough for anyone who can undergo a regular dental extraction or oral surgery. Recipients of dental implants should be committed to good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Heavy smokers, patients who have untreated diabetes or heart conditions, and patients who have undergone radiation therapy will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
If you think that dental implants may be right for you, call Dr. Keihani and the team at Omni Dental Specialty to request a consultation. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.