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What is a Dental Implant?

Tooth loss is an issue confronted by millions of Americans every day. Missing teeth can be attributed to periodontal disease, decay (cavities), or simply missing since birth.

Although tooth loss may seem to be a common occurrence, when your own tooth is missing, it can feel anything except common. Emotionally, living with a missing tooth can trigger feelings of embarrassment or failure. Physically, a gap or space in the mouth changes the efficiency of your chewing and the shape of your facial profile. A dental implant is the most reliable and conservative method of tooth replacement available. While it is perceived to be more expensive than other tooth replacement alternatives, the dental implant is designed to be a long-term solution. Surprisingly, by comparing the costs associated with dental implants to its potential lifespan, the actual cost per year of the implant tends to be the same or less than other alternatives. A dental implant generally consists of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the final restoration. The actual implant is made from surgical grade titanium, which is known to be highly compatible with the body and fuses well to the jaw bone. The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone by an implant dentist and allowed to heal. When the healing phase is complete, an abutment is attached to the dental implants. The abutment serves as an anchor or connector for the final restoration. According to your needs, the final restoration can be a crown, a fixed bridge, or an anchor for a denture or partial. Understanding the advantages of the dental implant may be a determining factor in your decision to replace a missing tooth. Since dental implants fuse directly to the jaw bone, you can expect stability and comfort when eating and speaking. As a result of the fusion between the dental implant and the jaw bone, there tends to be less bone loss with the implant than with other treatment options. For the implant, the adjacent teeth do not need to be modified, and there is no additional maintenance required. After considering the facts, choosing the very best treatment for your health is easy. For dental implants in San Diego, contact our office and schedule an appointment to explore the numerous advantages of state of the art tooth replacement.

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