Losing teeth can happen either due to natural or unnatural causes. The main reasons why most people miss their teeth can be because of aging, inadequate oral hygiene, tartar buildup, plaque buildup, tooth decay, or disease.
Have you thought of what happens when you don't replace your missing teeth? You may be surprised to learn, but it is a fact that there are various health risks associated with not replacing missing teeth.
Considered as the next best thing to natural teeth, dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jaw to fuse with the bone to hold an artificial tooth securely under the gum. The best part of placing a dental implant is that the procedure has more than a 98 percent success rate.
Dental implants appear, feel, and function like natural teeth. Besides, implants offer a more comfortable fit to the wearers than other tooth replacement options like dentures. Unlike dentures, since implants are firmly secured to the jawbone, they do not get displaced or slip off.
With proper hygiene, care and maintenance, dental implants are long-lasting and durable.
Dental implants have a 98% success rate, much higher than other teeth replacement options. People who have good oral health and jaw bone density have the best chance for successful implants.
Dental implants, when anchored in the jaw bone, act just like our natural teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants improves our ability to eat and chew food better.
Dental implants are known to improve jawbone health, preventing shrinkage or deterioration. By filling the gap left by the missing tooth, dental implants keep the adjacent teeth from drifting from their orthodontically correct positions.
While screening your candidacy for dental implants, your dentists at Dr. Mohsena Ahmad's dental office considers various factors like jawbone deterioration, overall health condition, cavities and gum disease, spacing available for inserting the implant, high blood pressure and diabetes, etc. before planning the implantation procedure, and performing it. We will also take panoramic x-rays and scans of your mouth to view the jawbone and teeth better.
The implantation surgery begins with our dentists administering local anesthesia to numb your oral tissues. We will make a hole in your jawbone in the area of the missing tooth and will place the metal implant in it. After securing it with dental cement, once the site is fully healed and the bone grows around the grooves of the implant stud, we will connect a prosthetic component called an abutment to the dental implant. The abutment serves to hold the replacement tooth or crown, either cemented on or secured to the abutment with a screw.
Do you have a missing tooth? Call us on (408) 275-0768 or schedule an appointment online to consult your dentist at the office of Dr. Mohsena Ahmad at 3540 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124.