Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Once a tooth is extracted, it is important to replace it as soon as possible, and one of the best options is with a dental implant. The reason it’s important to replace a missing tooth promptly is to restore proper chewing ability and to prevent damage to your existing teeth.
What is the big deal if I have a missing tooth?
A single missing tooth can cause a host of other issues with your dental health, and affect your other teeth. Your speech may become hindered, as well as your ability to chew food. Plus, missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence.
Missing teeth can also cause:
- Teeth to drift out of place
- Poor nutrition (due to decreased chewing ability)
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (jaw pain)
- Receding gums
- Bone loss
- Painful chewing
- Premature aging
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants consist of a biocompatible titanium post that is placed in the bone, in place of the missing tooth. The implant will need time to heal as it fuses to the jawbone. After the healing process, a permanent dental crown is attached to the implant.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
Dental implants are permanent; they are convenient since you never have to take them in and out of your mouth like a partial or dentures. Dental implants are stable and provide more comfort since they are not putting pressure on adjacent teeth like a partial denture. A dental implant can also prevent loss of jawbone after a tooth has been extracted. Dental implants are also the longest lasting tooth replacement option.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, it will need to heal for about 3-6 months. After the healing process, the dental crown procedure will take two visits to complete. The results will look and feel natural, and you can enjoy the benefits of your dental implant for your entire life.
Is a dental implant right for me?
Certain medical conditions or cases of significant bone loss may prevent a patient from getting a dental implant. However, a consultation is the best way to determine if a dental implant is right for you.
To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.