If you have been wearing dentures and do not enjoy it, visit our Rancho Santa Margarita dental office to discuss dental implants. We treat a lot of patients that are wearing full or partial dentures and find them to be clunky, loose, or inconvenient. It can be incredibly frustrating if you are currently wearing dentures and feel like you have to change your schedule or lifestyle to accommodate them.
Some people may even become afraid to dine in public or feel that they can no longer eat their favorite meal because their dentures are too loose. Other patients do not enjoy the inconvenience or embarrassment that comes from needing to remove the dentures at night. The good news is that if you are in this situation, there is an alternative procedure – dental implants.
As a cosmetic dentist, we are regularly asked why we like dental implants so much and what makes us confident in their durability. It all comes down to how we complete the procedure and what the body does afterward. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that we complete surgically. The surgery involves us inserting a small titanium post under the gums and securing it to the jawbone. Titanium is incredibly strong (strong enough to be used by NASA) and the body reacts to it like it would natural matter. This means that once the implant and bone come in contact, the process of osseointegration will take place, leading them to eventually fuse together. While this takes some time, it happens seamlessly and without you noticing. There are distinct benefits to this.
Due to osseointegration, the jawbone will provide the same level of stability and biting force to your implant as it does to natural teeth. With a dental implant, you can bite directly into a crunchy apple or eat a bag of trail mix without worrying about your teeth. Simultaneously, the implant provides the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and avoid resorption. The dental implant is a mutually beneficial relationship for your lifestyle, your appearance, and your oral health.
When you visit our Rancho Santa Margarita cosmetic dentist office for dental implants, we will start by conducting a physical examination and taking X-rays. Through this process, we can determine whether or not you have any oral health problems that we need to address first. We will evaluate your X-rays to determine if you have enough bone density to support a dental implant. For some people who wear dentures for a long time, the jawbone is likely to have suffered resorption. With the case of resorption, we may recommend that you consider either a bone grafting procedure or smaller implants.
Our goal is to provide you with a durable solution that will enhance your quality of life; we are confident that dental implants can do so. To learn more or to find out if you are a good candidate, call our Rancho Santa Margarita cosmetic dentist office today.