Years ago, if you were missing teeth, whether due to trauma or disease, you had limited options in terms of tooth replacement. Now, advancements in dental technology have led to improved options that restore both functionality and appearance to the smile. Dental implants are widely considered to be the number one option for tooth replacement because they are highly customizable and the closest option to your natural teeth. At the Office of Dr. Claire Cho, DDS is Aliso Viejo, CA, we recommend dental implants to many of our patients who are missing multiple teeth or facing full extractions. If you would like to learn more about dental implants including their benefits, read on below.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a tooth restoration option that replaces missing tooth root and crown portion of the tooth. When gaps are left in the smile from missing teeth, it can cause bone deterioration and lead to other oral health implications. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate and are preferred over other options such as removable dentures due to their natural look and feel.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many reasons our patients love dental implants, from their aesthetics to their oral health benefits. The most notable benefits include:
- Incomparable stability – After the implant is placed into the jawbone it goes through a healing process where it fuses to the bone, allowing it to provide a stable foundation for the remainder of the restoration.
- No specialized care required – Once implants have healed and the final restoration has been attached, all you have to do is brush and floss as normal.
- Improved oral health – Dental implants stimulate the jawbone which prevents deterioration and improves long term oral health. Additionally, dental implants do not require alterations to remaining healthy teeth.
- Highly successful – Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% and can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene.
Candidates for dental implants
Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you can be a candidate for dental implants. The procedure does require there to be enough bone structure in order to support the implant placement. If you have bone deterioration, restorative procedures such as bone or soft tissue grafts may be necessary prior to receiving dental implants.