If your missing teeth make you feel like your smile is subpar, you may have considered closing your gaps with dental restorations. Dental implants make filling in your smile a breeze. Can dental implants benefit your smile? How do these restorations work? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The most obvious benefit of dental implants is their ability to replace your missing teeth, fill in your gaps, and you back a full and beautiful smile. However, implants can also benefit you in ways not seen with the naked eye. Missing teeth cause side effects like shifting teeth and bone atrophy. Teeth shift as they try to compensate for the extra room in the mouth and can affect the mouth’s bite. Bone atrophy occurs due to the lack of stimulation in the area of your missing tooth. This condition can cause other complex complications like sagging facial skin or premature aging. Additionally, correcting your mouth’s bite helps you chew and swallow more efficiently and can even prevent or correct issues like TMJ disorder.
What should I expect from my dental implant procedure?
Your procedure will have two phases. The first phase includes a consultation to go over your expectations and the process itself. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who have teeth decay or gum disease will need to treat those conditions prior to receiving their implants. Additionally, those who have significant bone atrophy may need a bone grafting procedure before their implantation procedure. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to use as a guide for the design of your replacement teeth. Then, your dentist implants the fixture, a titanium post, into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth.
The second phase of your procedure occurs after your fixture implantation has healed and the bone has grown around the fixture to anchor it into place. Your dentist then affixes the replacement tooth, usually a dental crown or bridge, onto the fixture to complete your implant.
Dental Implants in San Diego, CA
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment with your family dentist today!