Missing teeth not only lower your self-esteem, but it may also present oral health problems, making it difficult to bite, chew, and speak. Daniel Sungmin Suh, DDS, MS, at Joseph Dental Group in Irvine, California, uses dental implants and prosthetics to replace missing teeth and restore your confidence. Learn more about dental implants by scheduling an appointment online or calling the practice today.
A dental implant is a long-lasting restoration to replace one or more missing teeth with a prosthetic tooth and root. A dental implant is combined with a crown, dental bridge, or partial denture to restore your oral health.
Dental implants are as strong as natural teeth and look and feel the same. Implants not only replace the missing tooth or teeth, but they stimulate the jaw and help prevent jawbone deterioration that normally occurs after tooth loss.
You may wonder why you need to replace a missing tooth if the gap where the tooth was is not visible. The fact is, missing teeth cause oral health complications. When the root of a tooth is missing, the jaw begins to recede and deteriorate.
Jawbone deterioration causes your facial features to change. Also, the supporting soft tissues around your teeth weaken after losing a tooth, which can lead to additional tooth loss.
If you are a candidate for a dental implant, you’ll visit Joseph Dental Group for a series of appointments. At the first appointment, 3-D X-ray imaging of your mouth is used to determine if your jawbone can support an implant. If all looks healthy, an appointment for placing the implant in the jaw is scheduled.
During the second appointment, the implant post is placed into the jawbone. The incision is closed with sutures and bite impressions are made. Up to four teeth may be replaced with a single dental implant.
After the implant post is placed, your jawbone needs three to six months to heal. Your customized dental restoration is placed on the implant at the next appointment, restoring the function and appearance of your missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are considered permanent restorations and last 25 years or more with proper care and maintenance. Alternative dental restorations for replacing missing teeth only last between five and 15 years.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, but if you are an adult in good health and don’t smoke, you are likely able to get dental implants. The Joseph Dental Group team examines your gums and jawbone to determine if both are healthy and strong enough to support the implant.
Dental implants aren’t recommended if you:
Dr. Suh has advanced dental implant education and 20 years of experience performing dental implant procedures. To find out if you can replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants, call Joseph Dental Group or schedule an appointment online today.