You’ve seen them advertised on TV and billboards, your friends who have them rave, and now you’re curious if dental implants live up to the hype.
We’re here to tell you that they do.
Whether you’ve recently lost your tooth or you’re looking to upgrade your current tooth replacement method, dental implants are a versatile and effective option.
Dr. Ryan J. Fait and our team at Southern California General & Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Long Beach and Avalon, California, want to give all our patients a fully functional, aesthetically appealing smile they can be proud of. That’s why we offer dental implants.
Take a closer look at all the ways you can benefit from this groundbreaking dental treatment.
Dental implants look exactly like your other natural teeth, which means they offer a cohesive, natural-looking smile that gives you a confidence boost, as well as a solution to your oral health issues.
After being surgically implanted, the metal post at the end of your dental implant replaces the root of your old tooth and eventually fuses with your jawbone. That means that your implant becomes a permanent fixture in your mouth and prevents your jawbone from atrophying.
Improved oral health
Not only do other tooth-replacement methods come with added steps to your oral hygiene routine, but they’re also vulnerable to cavities, disease, and other problems.
With dental implants, your oral hygiene routine is the same as the one you learned growing up. What’s more, the artificial teeth in dental implants can’t get cavities.
They don’t just look like real teeth; they act like them, too. With dental implants, you can speak and chew just as you did before. You don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping and interfering when you talk and eat.
Dentures and bridges are notorious for breaking and needing regular repairs and maintenance. Dental implants, on the other hand, last for years with a consistent oral hygiene routine.
And by convenient care, we mean next-to-zero. Dental implants only require regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our dental team. Alternatively, dentures need adhesives to stay put and special solutions to stay clean.
A friend to your teeth
Dental implants are also the best option if you’re concerned about the natural teeth left in your mouth. For example, we don’t need to file down your other teeth to prepare you for dental implants. Your natural teeth also benefit from dental implants because the implants fill in gaps and prevent your teeth from shifting.
Who can get dental implants?
Dental implants are a great option for many individuals who’ve lost their teeth to injury or decay, but they aren’t for everyone.
Ideal candidates have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone structure that can support an implant. You should also be committed to maintaining an oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular check-ups with Dr. Fait.
Because they’re still developing, children can’t get dental implants. However, adolescent girls who’re 14-15 years old and boys who are at least 17 can.
Ready to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants? Use our online booking tool or call our friendly staff to request an appointment at either our Long Beach or Avalon, California, office.