Tooth Loss Doesn’t Have To Be Forever—Our Novato Dental Implant Dentists Explain

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jun 15, 2022

Tooth loss is obviously devastating for a patient’s dental aesthetics, but it can also begin a chain reaction of oral health problems down the road. Our Novato dentists strongly encourage patients suffering from tooth loss to seek prompt restorative treatment. The sooner that you replace a missing tooth, the better it is for your smile and your peace of mind.

Our dental team actually offers a number of different tooth replacement options. We know that no two smiles are exactly alike, and we offer treatments to meet a wide variety of needs.

You are probably already familiar with some of the traditional tooth replacement options, namely dentures and bridges. These prostheses are designed to replace the visible portion of a missing tooth—dentures and bridges are made to sit on top of a patient’s gum tissue.

Thanks to advancements in restorative dentistry, our team is now able to treat tooth loss with restorations that mimic the structure of a natural tooth. The dental implant not only has a natural-looking crown, it also has a titanium root that fills the space in the jawline where the natural tooth root used to sit. Individual dental implants are used to replace single missing teeth; these are permanent replacement teeth. In fact, the titanium root of the implant actually bonds to the natural jawbone tissue as time goes on.

Our team also uses implant roots to secure larger dental prostheses like dentures. In these cases, our team places a few dental implant roots in strategic spots along the patient’s jawline. Once these implant roots are in place, we secure a denture to the titanium screws. This treatment turns the denture into a permanent prosthesis and greatly improves the comfort, fit, and appearance of the denture.

Tooth loss can wreak havoc on your smile, but the results of tooth loss don’t need to plague you permanently. Give our Novato dental implant dentists a call to get more information about how we treat tooth loss, and to schedule your personal consultation!