Missing teeth can benefit from the placement of certain restorations. While there are several ways for patients to repair their smile after tooth loss, one solution remains the most popular: dental implants. Dr. Sarkis Aznavour is a dentist in the Santa Clarita, CA area who proudly offers the placement and restoration of dental implants to patients.
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a restoration commonly used for restoring the smile after tooth loss. Implants are made of titanium metal, a material that is biocompatible with the body and will not rust or erode. The implant is put into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery which stimulates the natural growth of the jaw bone through osseointegration. This is where implants get their strength. After the implant is solidified in place, the dentist will restore the implant using a crown, bridge, or full denture. Dental implants can replace one or more teeth in this manner.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are patients with sufficient bone structure and a healthy smile. Bone is required to ensure a successful implantation. Without enough bone, the implant will fall out. Patients without enough bone may consider an alternative or discuss the benefits of bone grafting to prepare the smile for placement.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Santa Clarita, CA area patients are often interested in finding out if the advantages of dental implants make them more desirable over alternatives. Implants are:
- A great investment in the smile
- Long-lasting, often permanent for life
- Strong and durable
- Restorations that function as natural teeth
Bridges or Implants for a missing tooth?
Some of the options that you have when you want to replace a missing tooth are implants or bridges.
The implant is basically a titanium post that is placed in your gum, and you let that heal for a few months before putting a crown on it. Sometimes you can put a temporary on it and sometimes you have to wear something that's removable, depending on how good your bone is. In some cases, you need a bone graft or what's called a sinus lift for the implant to be successful.
The advantages of having an implant is that it’s just like having your natural tooth again. Basically, you can floss, eat and, aesthetically, it looks nice compared to a bridge in which you’re required to grind two perfectly good teeth in certain cases to replace a missing tooth.
The advantage of a bridge compared to an implant is time. A bridge can be done in a short period of time. Sometimes bridges are less expensive than an implant because an implant sometimes requires specific surgical procedures which are not necessary with bridges.
Interested in implants?
Dr. Sarkis Aznavour of Healthy Smiles Dental encourages patients to take the time to consider the advantages of dental implants. His practice can be reached at (661) 210-4280 and is conveniently located at 24242 Lyons Avenue Santa Clarita. New and existing patients are welcome to visit and discuss the benefits of comprehensive restorative procedures such as the placement and coverage of dental implants.
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