A dental implant is a screw-shaped titanium prosthetic that is used to replace one or more teeth. At Simi Hills Dental, we offer you dental implant treatments to restore the function and aesthetics of your teeth.
Comparison Between Dental Implants and Other Tooth Replacement Options
The most common tooth replacement options include dental implants, cemented fixed dental bridges, and dentures.
Dentures are the most affordable type of tooth replacement options, but they can be quite inconvenient as they need to be removed from the mouth when sleeping. Additionally, they interfere with your mouth's ability to properly taste and savor the food. They are also prone to slippage, and you cannot eat hard foods, like apples, with dentures.
Dental bridges involve artificial teeth held aloft by abutment teeth on either side, or at least, on one side. Traditional dental bridges require eroding the adjacent teeth so that they can be fitted with crowns to support the dental bridge. This filing down of the enamel is the main disadvantage in the procedure as enamel cannot grow back, and your adjacent teeth will always need to be covered by a crown, even if you decide to have your bridge removed in the future.
Dental implants, however, do not require damage to healthy teeth. These implants are anchored in the bone and provide numerous benefits to the health of the mouth, including stabilizing and strengthening the jawbone. They also look, feel, and function the most like your natural teeth, which means you can eat whatever you want and smile with confidence.
Dental Implant Procedure
At Simi Hills Dental, Dr. Molato will tailor your dental implant treatment according to your specific needs. Some of the steps that may be included in your treatment are:
What is Peri-implantitis
People with dental implants may develop peri-implantitis if they don't take proper care of their oral hygiene. Peri-implantitis involves the inflammation of the surrounding tissues and bones around the implants. If left untreated, the infection can spread and result in gum and bone loss, which can lead to implant failure.
Exercising good oral hygiene can prevent peri-implantitis and ensure your implant lasts you for several decades.
If you are interested in getting implants, call us at (805) 317-4999 to schedule an appointment.