Dental Implants: The Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

So much more than “false teeth,” dental implants are most like your natural teeth than any other type of replacement tooth option. And these prosthetic teeth individually replace one tooth, or you can replace every tooth in your mouth with custom-made dental implants. At A New Smile CC in Santa Clarita, California, our expert dentists recommend implants for adults of all ages who want to improve their oral health and the aesthetic value of their smiles. 

Discover why dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth and learn how they can be an excellent choice for you.

A permanent solution to missing teeth

Since they’re not removable, implants become a permanent part of your mouth. This means that dental implants are an ideal permanent solution to missing teeth. They stay securely attached to your jawbone for many years so you don’t have to worry about losing that tooth again.

Implants are realistic prosthetic teeth

Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. That’s because each implant contains a titanium post that serves as the tooth root and a custom-made porcelain crown that matches your natural teeth. Their realistic appearance makes implants an ideal choice for replacing one or more teeth, since we design and fit your new implants to blend seamlessly with your other teeth. 

Implants are secure and benefit your jawbone

The titanium root of each dental implant integrates into your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This means your bone tissue grows around the titanium post and the artificial root becomes a sturdy base for the crown — the visible tooth part of the implant. 

Additionally, this integration with your jawbone helps continue to stimulate bone growth, as your natural teeth do, and helps prevent jawbone deterioration. Essentially, if you don’t replace missing teeth, or you replace them with dentures or partial dentures, your jawbone can deteriorate over time. Implants slow this bone-loss process or prevent it from happening altogether. 

Implants prevent nearby teeth from shifting out of place

Another reason implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth is that they fill the spaces where your teeth once were. This is important not only for aesthetic reasons, but for helping your natural teeth stay in their original positions. An empty space in your upper or lower row of teeth is an invitation for the adjacent teeth to slowly shift out of place.

When that shifting happens, your bite becomes poorly aligned, and it can be harder to brush and floss to keep your mouth as clean as it should be. Potential problems like tooth decay, worn chewing surfaces, and fractured teeth can occur more easily. You should never leave a gap in your teeth. 

Implants let you chew, talk, and smile with confidence

Let’s face it, your emotional wellness is just as important as your oral health, and dental implants can help restore both. When you talk with ease, enjoy your favorite foods without worry, and smile confidently, you’ll feel better in social and professional situations. You won’t be embarrassed that a colleague might see you have a missing tooth, or worried that your dentures will slip out of place. 

As an added benefit, since implants function just like your natural teeth, you won’t be afraid to bite into an apple or snack on nuts and popcorn. Implants are made for that. As long as you care for them as you would your natural teeth, implants will serve you for many years, just like your original teeth. 

And let’s not forget yet another added bonus of dental implants: They’re not susceptible to tooth decay. Simply brush and floss like you would your natural teeth and to keep your gums healthy. Implants won’t decay or get cavities. 

No alterations needed

Finally, to fit perfectly in your mouth, dental implants don’t require alterations to nearby teeth. Your dentist won’t have to remove enamel or change the shape of adjacent teeth to allow your new implants to fit. Instead, we custom design and fit your new implants into the available space and location, so implants allow surrounding teeth to stay healthy and unaltered. 

Natural teeth are perfect in form and function, but dental implants are certainly the next best thing. If you have one or more missing teeth, don’t wait to replace them. Do it before you end up with complicated oral health problems.

Give our friendly, knowledgeable team at A New Smile CC a call today at 661-251-0480 to schedule a consultation or book online. It’s the first step toward your new smile. 

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