At the practice of Dr. Brian Davey in San Diego, CA, patients have options available to them when replacing missing teeth. Whether a tooth has been extracted, lost by periodontal disease, or knocked out during trauma or injury, replacing these missing teeth is essential. One popular method is with dental implants, a titanium post that replaces the natural tooth root and is restored over the top for better function, health, and appearance. But many patients ask, “are dental implants really necessary?”
Should I get a tooth implant?
There are many factors to think about while deciding whether or not to get a dental implant, including the state of your oral health, the severity of your tooth loss, and your budget. If you are missing one or several of your teeth and are considering dental implants, talk to our team about all of your options and what might be best for you.
Are dental implants necessary?
Dental implants are not always necessary, but they can be a good option for people who are missing one or more teeth. Implants can provide support for artificial teeth (called crowns) and help keep your mouth healthy.
If you have tooth loss that is not severe, you may be able to get by with a dental bridge or dentures. However, if you are missing most or all of your teeth, implants may be the best option.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many advantages to the use dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance: Dental implants both look and feel like natural teeth. They also allow you to keep your natural smile.
- Improved function: Dental implants can help you eat and speak more effectively. They also make it easier to brush and floss your teeth, which can help to keep your mouth healthy.
- Improved oral health and wellness: Dental implants do not require the surrounding teeth to be altered in any way. This means that there is no risk of damaging these teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve bone in the jaw, improving your overall oral health.
When are dental implants necessary?
Dental implants are often used in replacing missing teeth. However, they can also be used to support a dental bridge or denture. Patients who may benefit from them the most are those concerned about bone loss that may contribute to a “sunken in” appearance to the chin and jaw area with time.
How are dental implants placed?
Quality dental implants are placed in the jawbone under the gum tissue. The implant consists of a metal post that is inserted into the bone and an artificial tooth (called a crown) attached to the post. The entire procedure is usually done in two stages, with the implant being placed first and the crown being added later.
What if you don’t get dental implants or replace missing teeth?
If you don’t replace missing teeth, the bone in your jaw can begin to deteriorate. This might cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. In addition, tooth loss can make it difficult to eat and speak properly. If tooth loss remains over a longer time, patients might notice the teeth in the dental arch shifting out of place. When this happens, it can result in several gaps and misalignment that may need to be resolved with orthodontia.
Learn more about dental implants with our team today!
If you are considering dental implants, talk to Dr. Brian Davey about all of your options and what might be best for you. He can educate you on the various solutions used in our practice to replace missing teeth and assist in making a decision that works for your budget and lifestyle. Call (858) 264-4369 to request an appointment at 7805 Highlands Village Plaza, Suite #G105 in San Diego, CA. We are here to help!