You’ve recently lost a tooth, and your Valencia, California, dentist has advised you to restore the tooth with a dental implant. But what does that mean? You may be more familiar with restorations like dental bridges, so Dr. Brian Gradinger, DMD, would like to tell you more about what many dentists consider the “gold standard” of tooth replacement options. If you are ready to learn more about dental implants “near me,” please keep reading.
What is a dental implant?
When talking about a dental implant, it is essential to understand that there are three components that make up the tooth replacement. First, you have the dental implant itself or “post.” This is the part of the implant that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Today’s implants are usually crafted from titanium. Next, you have the abutment attached to the implant post. The abutment allows the tooth to connect to the implant post. Finally, you have the tooth prosthetic or crown. This is the part of the implant that is visible above the gumline. It effectively replaces the top of the missing tooth. Dental crowns are the most popular and widely used type of prosthetic.
What sets dental implants apart from the alternatives?
When you are missing teeth, your dentist will likely offer several choices to replace your teeth. The most commonly available options (aside from dental implants) like dental bridges, which (unless implant-supported) will rest above the gum line and not replace the missing tooth’s roots. A dental implant replaces the tooth both above and below the gumline. This not only ensures that issues such as shifting teeth can be avoided but that the health of your jawbone remains in good condition.
When you lose a tooth, the health of your jawbone can take a hit. The stimulation provided by your tooth’s root helps keep your jaw strong and intact. When this is lost, your jawbone can begin to shrink and be reabsorbed back into your body. Because implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, it allows for osseointegration to occur. During this process, the jawbone and the implant fuse together and allow your jawbone to remain healthy, as the implant will act as the missing root.
To learn more about dental implants, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gradinger, DMD, today by calling (661) 450-6650.