Getting older, both for children and adults, sometimes means losing our teeth. Whether it is due to the lack of great dental healthcare options when we were younger or a dental emergency such as badly breaking a tooth and needing extraction, tooth loss affects many people. At Stadium Dental and Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile that they can be proud of. In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will answer your questions regarding a great option for restoring your smile: dental implants.
Questions and Answers:
Question: What are dental implants?
Answer: Dental implants are titanium posts that permanently fuse to your jawbone, each acting as a new tooth root where you have lost a tooth. They can be used to fully replace all of your teeth, just one tooth, or a few here and there.
Question: Why do I need permanent posts attached to my jaw?
Answer: When a person chews, the sensation of their teeth roots pushing against the jawbone tells their body to send essential nutrients like calcium to the jaw, allowing it to remain healthy and strong. If you lose a tooth, this sensation no longer occurs, so the body sends less nutrients, which will result in the deterioration of your jawbone. Implant posts act as new tooth roots, so they encourage your body to keep your jaw healthy.
Question: If I don’t replace a lost tooth, will my other teeth be okay?
Answer: In addition to the loss of nutrients to your jaw, which can lead to several dental issues, if you do not fully replace a tooth from the root, your other teeth can shift around in your mouth. This uncomfortable situation can cause problems with your bite as well as the appearance of your smile by creating crookedness and unevenness.
Question: Are implants stronger than traditional dentures and dental bridges?
Answer: Yes! The titanium posts, once fully attached to your jawbone, can last for the rest of your life with proper care. Any restoration placed on top of them, whether it be a crown, bridge, or full set of dentures, will then be much stronger because your replacement teeth will have roots fully supporting them. This means that the teeth are far less likely to become loose, as they could with traditional restorations, giving you the stability of a full set of natural teeth.
Ready to Find Your Smile Solution?
Dental implants can be used to fully replace any teeth you have lost, giving you the full, beautiful, and healthy smile that you deserve. To learn more about our options, schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist today by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.