Using dental implants to replace missing teeth
Missing teeth can be a significant problem, both for your appearance and oral health. When you are missing one or more teeth, the supportive structures of those teeth can shrink, which dramatically alters your appearance and your ability to speak and chew properly. A dental implant is a treatment most recommended by the American Dental Association to replace a missing tooth and to keep the supportive structures of your mouth healthy. Dr. Trish Barsanti and her team in Arcata, California, work with patients considering their option for missing teeth replacement with dental implants.
Understanding dental implants
A dental implant is a durable, medical-grade titanium post inserted directly into your jawbone. The bone heals around the post, fusing it into place and acting as the anchor for a porcelain tooth restoration. Dental implants are versatile and can be used in a variety of situations. They can replace a single tooth when covered by a dental crown or provide an anchor for one or both sides of a dental bridge to replace one or more teeth in a row. Alternatively, some patients may even have implants placed to restore all the teeth in the smile using implant-retained dentures. All these options are readily available for patients in the community of Arcata, California.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are:
- Long-lasting, often lasting decades with proper care
- Natural-looking when restored with porcelain prosthetics
- Easy to care for
- Functional in the same way a natural tooth does
- Best at maintaining natural bone structure and jaw
- Biocompatible and safe for the smile
How do I learn more about dental implants?
Dr. Trish Barsanti and her team work closely with Arcata, CA area patients to help them understand the various options available to them when replacing one or more teeth in the smile. If you are interested in dental implants and want to determine if you are a proper candidate, we invite you to call our practice at (707) 388-3880 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation. The office is located at 1180 8th Street and provides dental implants and other restorations for the smile.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.