Missing teeth cause damage to your smile that is easily avoidable by utilizing the teeth replacement options available at your dentist’s office. However, dental implants are the only teeth replacement option that restores both your missing tooth and its root. Find out more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile with Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Though other options can also replace your missing teeth, they cannot replace your tooth’s root. A dental implant uses your jawbone’s natural healing abilities to anchor an implant’s fixture into place permanently in the bone itself. The fixture lies below the gum line to act as a foundation for the replacement tooth which lies above the gum line. The two connect using a small piece called an abutment, allowing your dentist to replace or repair a damaged prosthetic tooth without needing to remove the fixture as well.
Since implants stand alone and do not rely on the natural teeth to stay in place, they are highly versatile. Implants can replace a single tooth using a single implant. If you have several teeth missing in a row, an implant on either side of a bridge can replace two or more teeth at once. Patients missing all or most of the teeth on an arch may benefit from an implant-supported denture held in place by four or more implants.
A good candidate for dental implants has an adequate amount of bone volume left in the area of their implant to support the implant’s fixture. A good candidate also has an excellent at-home oral care routine which will keep their teeth and implants healthy and decay-free. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with routine, biannual examinations, and cleanings with your dentist.
Dental implants can turn your smile around and help you look and feel great. If you think you could benefit from dental implants, your dentist can help you make an informed decision and ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you.
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA. Call (760) 444-3202 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!