SAN FRANCISCO- According to the Silberg Center for Dental Science, approximately 30% of the working or retired U.S. population is either missing a tooth or multiple teeth. While there are many things you can do to prevent tooth loss, we also understand it is an issue many people must deal with daily.
Why do I Need a Dental Implant?
lost tooth can destabilize your bite and cause difficulties when chewing or talking. Adjacent teeth must carry more weight when you bite down, and the teeth could shift due to the hole of the missing tooth. Jawbone deterioration is another potential problem, due to lack of support.
Missing teeth aren’t only harmful to your oral health, they can cause physical and psychological problems. Depression, low self-esteem, and speech impediments have all been linked to tooth loss. Facial features may change, and people often become self-conscious about their looks. Dr. Larson can resolve these issues and improve your oral health using a dental implant.
Our dental implants can help you restore missing teeth and regain normal tooth and jaw function. The dental implant and crown will help to reinforce your bite, and you will regain the ability to talk and chew food normally. Titanium dental implants are also able to bond with your jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from deteriorating.
What Happens When I Get an Implant?
When you choose to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will first visit an implant surgeon. The implant surgeon will plant a tiny titanium post into your jawbone. This titanium post will be strong and secure, providing a firm foundation for your new crown. Dr. Larson, the San Francisco dental implant specialist, will then top your titanium post with a custom ceramic crown. After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals — as long as 10 to 14 days.
Different Types of Implants
There are different implant solutions for each dental problem. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The two major types of implants are Endosteal, which is in the bone, and Subperiosteal, which is on the bone.
The most commonly used type of implant is Endosteal. There are variations within the in-bone implant, including screws, cylinders or blades, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jaw using metal posts that stick out through the gum to hold prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal implants are used on patients who are unable to wear standard dentures and have little bone height to attach an implant.
Examples of procedures for different dental problems are listed below:
- Replace a Tooth – Patients missing a single tooth often replace it with one implant and a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth in order to recondition the shape, size, strength, and appearance.
- Replace Multiple Teeth – Patients who need to fill in multiple teeth often choose implant-supported bridges. A bridge is a prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth that bridge the gap between natural teeth.
- Replace All Teeth – Patients who need to replace all of their teeth often receive an implant-supported full bridge or full denture. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures can be used when some natural teeth remain.
- Sinus Augmentation – Patients with very little jawbone may need a sinus augmentation to raise the sinus floor and develop bone for the placement of dental implants.
- Ridge Modification – Patients with jaw deformities may need a ridge modification due to inadequate bone in which to place a dental implant. The gum is raised from the ridge, and defects are then filled in with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.
After treatment, Dr. Larson develops a specific and best plan of care for you. Patients need to brush and floss their teeth to keep the implant clean and plaque-free. We recommend periodic follow-up visits to monitor your implant, teeth and gums and to make sure they are healing.
Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implant
Dr. Larson’s dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement. For a single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions have been found to be cost-saving and effective in comparison with bridges and other tooth-borne prostheses. Additionally, studies show that patient acceptance and satisfaction with dental implants is high, particularly in elderly edentulous patients.
Compared to dentures, dental implants and crowns facilitate normal tooth function, so there are no problems eating or speaking. Dental implants bond with the jawbone to ensure patients do not lose bone density. They also support facial muscles so your normal facial structure does not alter. Using dental implants, Dr. Larson goes beyond general tooth restoration to provide patients full mouth rejuvenation treatment.
Greg D. Larson, DDS is a trusted provider of comprehensive dental solutions, including dental implants, crowns, porcelain veneers in the San Francisco area. We can help you regain your confidence and beautiful smile. Contact our friendly staff to learn more.