When you lose a tooth, you face daily challenges. For example, eating and chewing can become complicated, impacting your everyday diet and nutrition. You might also find yourself feeling self-conscious about interacting with other people if you have gaps in your smile. It's also a good idea to consider replacing a lost tooth as soon as possible to protect your dental health.
Dental implants in Vallejo offer an excellent tooth replacement solution for both your smile and your dental health. Here's what you should know.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is the closest option you can get to a natural tooth. Your dentist in Vallejo carefully places a biocompatible titanium post into your jawbone that replaces your tooth root. The implant fuses and integrates with your bone over time, so it provides the same stable support for your new tooth as your root did for your natural tooth.
Your new tooth is a porcelain crown custom designed by our dentists to mimic your natural tooth in shape and shade closely. It attaches to your implant, so you have all the eating and chewing functions that you enjoyed with your natural tooth, while the custom crown blends seamlessly with your smile.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants in Vallejo?
Dental Implants Protect You From Bone Loss
Without a root to support, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. Bone loss impacts your neighboring teeth and even the appearance of your face over time.
A dental implant provides the needed support for your new tooth and the stimulation your bone needs to regrow.
Dental Implants Prevent Tooth Shifting
Tooth loss without replacement allows your surrounding teeth to shift and move into the open space left by your lost tooth. When this happens, your bite becomes misaligned, and your risk of developing problems like gum disease or tooth decay increases.
A new tooth from a dental implant keeps your teeth properly aligned and your bite healthy.
A Dental Implant Is Like a Natural Tooth
When you replace your root and tooth with a dental implant, it protects you from problems like bone loss and tooth movement, but you also get to enjoy eating and chewing with ease again. Your implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, and you can eat without the worry of movement or slippage like you might have with a denture.
Your dental implant is also easy to brush and floss as it incorporates into your regular home care routine.
Dental Implants Provide Excellent Longevity
When you visit your Vallejo dentist every six months for routine teeth cleanings and checkups and commit to a consistent home care routine, your dental implant has the potential to last for many years and even a lifetime in some cases.
Dental Implants Are a Cost-Effective Tooth Replacement Solution
Because of their excellent longevity, dental implants in Vallejo often prove to be a more cost-effective solution for patients. This is because other options like a dental bridge or denture you will have to replace over time.
So while those options might be less upfront, a dental implant may be a smarter long-term solution for your budget.
How Do Dental Implants Compare With a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge replaces one or two adjacent teeth by attaching artificial teeth to crowns that anchor to healthy teeth on each side. The benefit of a bridge is that the patient doesn't have to go through a surgical process.
However, the drawback of a bridge is that we have to alter two healthy teeth to support the crowns that attach to the bridge. A bridge also doesn't protect your bone from deteriorating over time.
A dental implant is the closest thing you can get to restoring a natural tooth without altering your other healthy teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Compare With a Denture?
A denture is a prosthetic designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. A traditional denture is removable and relies on either suction to your jawbone or an adhesive to stay in place. The downfall of this design is that it places pressure on your jawbone, which can cause it to deteriorate over time. Bone loss then impacts the fit of your denture.
We can use four carefully placed dental implants to support a denture. This provides stability and eliminates any slippage or fit problems associated with dentures. It also protects your jawbone from bone loss, which means better longevity for your denture.
Learn More About Dental Implants in Vallejo, CA
Dr. Morgan Nordstrom has the skills and training to provide comprehensive implant dentistry from start to finish at our Vallejo, CA dental office. Contact us today at (707) 643-2660 to learn more about dental implants for your smile.