If you or a loved one are worried about missing teeth, then dental implants may be the solution you’re looking for. Comfortable, permanent, more durable than dentures, and retaining the feel of regular teeth, even you might forget they’re not real teeth. They even look and act like natural teeth, so you can brush, floss, eat whatever you want, and speak without impediment. Most dental implants are even stronger than regular teeth, making dental implants an effective permanent solution to the loss of teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike dentures, dental implants connect to your jawbone to help support a dental prosthesis. Through a process known as osseointegration the titanium, ceramics, and other components of the dental implant form a bond with the bone of your jaw or skull, which means that the implant is firmly anchored and won’t move. This means that dental implants don’t just look like normal teeth, they act like them, even going so far as to integrate into your jaw or skull like natural teeth do. While implants can be used to support dentures, most forms of dental implants are permanent, and can be treated, cleaned, and repaired like any other tooth.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
At Healthy Smiles of California, we can provide you with dental implants to suit whatever needs you might have. The process typically can take anywhere from six to eight months, but in most circumstances it won’t interfere with your schedule in a significant way. Implant dentistry is very expensive, more expensive than other forms of tooth replacement, but the benefits of being able to eat and speak normally are enough to justify the costs.