Why Replace Your Teeth?
Your teeth are more than structures that allow you to speak, chew and digest food, though all of these attributes are paramount. They also provide much of the strength that your jaw bone needs to function properly. The root of each tooth essentially gives the jaw bone purpose through constant stimulation and requires it to maintain its shape for the health of your teeth. When one or more teeth go missing, your jaw no longer has the support it needs and will almost immediately begin to atrophy. As time goes on, a weakened jaw bone can begin to impact your facial skeletal structure, making your mouth look as though it has collapsed and causing your remaining teeth to shift. Wrinkles can also appear around the mouth as your jaw continues to strain, and the longer you allow your jaw to atrophy, the more difficult it becomes to perform restorative dental work.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Jaw bone structure is left intact and strengthened
- Facial skeletal muscles are lifted and retained
- Chewing, eating and digestion ability improves
- No additional maintenance or oral hygiene practices
- Increased self-esteem and a healthier-looking appearance
- Permanent and long-lasting replacement option for teeth
By replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you are helping your jaw retain its strength, which will ultimately improve your oral health and appearance. The implants that are placed within the jaw are permanent structures that function exactly like natural teeth, which creates a smile that looks as though teeth were never missing from your mouth. You can eat, speak and practice regular oral hygiene just as you would with your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Placement with Dr. Kohani
Your dental implant procedure will begin with a consultation and dental examination that determines whether implants are right for you. Dr. Kohani will use a 3D digital CT scan to view your jaw in detail and decide whether it is strong enough to receive implants. For patients whose jaw bone has atrophied to a point where dental implants would not be suitable, pre-treatment with bone grafting can be performed to help your jaw return to a stronger state.
To place your dental implants a hole is created within your jaw, and a titanium implant is screwed into the bone. Titanium is used specifically, as it is one of the strongest metals available and promotes osseointegration, which is the process of bone growing around the metal of the implant. Osseointegration is necessary for the security and functionality of your implants when treatment is complete; however, the process takes weeks to develop, which is why patients are given time to heal between when their implants are placed, and their artificial crown restorations are created.
Restoring Your Dental Implant
Dental implant restoration refers to the artificial crown that is placed onto the titanium implant. Once your implants have healed, you will come back into La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics to have a custom crown made to fit your implants. Your crown is crafted from the most durable ceramic material that is capable of sustaining the same amount of pressure as natural teeth. To secure the crown to the implant an abutment is placed in the implant as a connecting piece. The crown is then placed on top of the abutment and cemented into place. Before placing the crown, Dr. Kohani will stain the ceramic material so that it matches your natural tooth color and naturally blends in with the rest of your dentition.