If you’re one of nearly 180 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you have options for replacing the gaps in your smile. One approach, using dental implants, restores both your smile and proper tooth functioning with long-lasting results. Call Polina Tsouzman, DDS, and the team at Valle Smiles in Fairfield, California, or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment and find out whether dental implants are right for you.
Dental implants are the most advanced option for replacing missing teeth, using artificial teeth that look and function exactly like your natural teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and are inserted directly into your jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth’s root. The implant supports a replacement tooth (or multiple teeth), dentures, or bridges.
If you’ve been hiding your smile or avoiding foods due to missing teeth, dental implants give you back your self-confidence and ability to eat whatever you want. With proper care, dental implants can last the rest of your life.
Valle Smiles ensures patient comfort for every procedure, including dental implants. Your dentist uses a local anesthetic to prevent pain during a dental implant, and if you have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is available.
Once your treatment area is numb, or you’re sedated for the procedure, your dentist uses a specialized drill to insert the implant into your jawbone in place of the missing tooth’s root. After the procedure, your jawbone needs a few months to heal around the implant, to ensure it’s as strong as a natural tooth.
When the jawbone has healed, you visit Valle Smiles for your follow-up appointment, and your dentist attaches a permanent, natural-looking replacement tooth to restore your smile.
Dental implants are durable and long lasting. While many people complain that their dentures slide or move around in their mouth, dental implants stay firmly in place. Besides providing a strong and permanent replacement tooth, dental implants also prevent oral health risks caused by missing teeth.
For example, when you have missing teeth, the surrounding teeth can shift into the gaps, causing crooked teeth. Crooked teeth are much harder to keep clean and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Missing teeth can also affect your bite, or lead to tooth grinding or clenching, or jaw pain.
Taking care of dental implants ensures they’re a permanent solution to missing teeth. The key to caring for implants is to treat them exactly as natural teeth, with twice daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to Valle Smiles for professional cleanings and exams.
To schedule a consultation on dental implants, call Valle Smiles or use the online booking tool today.