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What are dental implants?

It used to be that your options were limited when you lost your teeth. Depending upon the extent of your loss, you could receive a bridge (one to three missing teeth), a partial bridge (larger sections of missing teeth) or a full bridge (an entire arch of missing teeth, or your whole mouth). While these options restore some of the functions of your missing teeth, they have many disadvantages. At Ortegon Prosthodontics, Dr. Sergio Ortegon offers a revolutionary alternative – dental implants.

The Effects of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss has some different effects on your appearance, your oral health, and your overall health. One of the most obvious effects is your smile. Missing teeth can mar your otherwise lovely smile. Moreover, when it does, your confidence can be shattered. Missing teeth affect your ability to properly chew your food. Chewing is an integral part of the digestive process. Improper chewing makes it more difficult for your body to absorb essential nutrients. This can lead to malnutrition over time. Tooth loss can affect your speech, making it difficult for others to understand you.

Invisible changes take place as well. When you lose your teeth, even just one, your jawbone begins to resorb and weaken. As it does, it changes shape. Your teeth may shift from their natural positions, throwing off your bite (which can cause uneven tooth wear and jaw pain). Your face can also age very quickly, adding to your self-consciousness.

What Exactly are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the latest in tooth replacement technology. They consist of three major parts – the titanium rod, the abutment, and the crown. The titanium rod is surgically inserted into your jawbone. It relies on osseointegration or the fusion of your jawbone to the implant. Successful fusion turns the implant into a “root.” The abutment, which is placed on the exposed end of the implant, is the connector, which anchors the crown (your replacement tooth) to the implant. Together, they form a strong, stable replacement for your missing teeth.

Implants for All Situations

There are several types of implants, designed to meet a variety of needs:
•  Single tooth implants. These implants replace single missing teeth. A single titanium rod is placed in the space and holds a single ceramic dental crown.
•  Multiple tooth implants. Also known as an implant supported a denture, multiple tooth implants take the place of a bridge or partial denture. They are designed to replace several missing teeth in one section of your mouth. The exact number of implants required depends on several factors, such as the number of teeth you are missing.
•  Implant supported dentures. Six to eight dental implants support and implant supported a denture, which is meant to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
•  All-on-4. The All-on-4 treatment concept has been developed for those who have suffered some bone loss after tooth loss, and would otherwise be ineligible for dental implants. Four strategically placed implants support an implant supported denture.

Reap the Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have numerous benefits:
•  The functions of your mouth are restored.
•  Your smile, and your confidence, are restored.
•  Implants are stable. You do not have to worry about them slipping out of place.
•  They are more comfortable than dentures.
•  They are permanent.
•  Implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
•  The titanium rods act like tooth roots, and can prevent the bone loss associated with tooth loss.

Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the function and aesthetics of your mouth. For more information about dental implants, and to find out if they are right for you, contact Ortegon Prosthodontics today at (832) 968-9108!

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