Novato, CA Dental Implants Dentist Discusses the Versatility Provided by Dental Implants

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jun 21, 2012

Whether you’ve lost a tooth through trauma or dental decay, it can be a devastating occurrence in your life. The good news is that, with advances in modern dentistry, we can now provide access to better options for tooth replacement that will create functional, long-lasting, natural-looking results.

If you’ve lost a tooth, you know that it can have a very negative impact on your daily life. You may experience problems with speech and with eating certain types of foods as a result of tooth loss. Your self-confidence may be negatively affected because of your appearance. But at Replacement Tooth Dentistry in Novato, CA we can offer you tooth replacement options to resolve those issues quickly. Dental implants have quickly become the choice of treatment for missing tooth replacement.

The term “dental implant” refers to a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. This is the first step in the implant process as the titanium post bonds with your jaw through a process known as “osseointegration”, forming a strong structural basis for a natural-looking dental restoration.

After the titanium post is completely set (about four to six months in most cases), a dental restoration is attached to the implant. The titanium post acts as a substitute for the natural root of the missing tooth, integrating into the structure of the bone and mimicking the appearance and strength of your natural teeth.

Generally, dental implants are used as a replacement for one or more teeth. Dental implants are indeed an exceptional tooth replacement alternative on their own, but they are also very useful in helping improve the strength and comfort of dentures or bridges.

For Novato Dental Implants, when done at our office, the implant is placed strategically to stabilize dentures and replace missing teeth. Bridges used to replace missing teeth are normally affixed to adjacent teeth so they will stay fixed. However, this method causes unnecessary structural stress on the patient’s natural teeth. Now we can use a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, ensuring a comfortable fit, and taking the strain off healthy, natural teeth. 

Dental implants are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing stability and a natural-looking restoration. They can be used alone or with dentures and bridges to improve the appearance and functionality of a patient’s smile.