Dental Implants Specialist

Saint Mary Family Dental -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Saint Mary Family Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Board Certified Periodontist located in Whittier, CA

Dental implants are an outstanding option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They’re one of many advanced treatments completed by a Board Certified Periodontist at St. Mary Family Dental in Whittier, California. To explore dental implants in more detail, call, or book an appointment online. You’ll learn more about the process of dental implants, their cost, and how they can transform your smile.

Dental Implants Q & A

Why replace missing teeth?

Having one or more missing teeth can mar the appearance of your smile, but the issue goes beyond aesthetics. Your teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue, and every time you bite down, you stimulate that small portion of the bone. 

Stimulation keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong, and if that stimulation ends, the bone will slowly wear away, a process called resorption. That can weaken the bond holding nearby teeth in place, causing a cascading effect of tooth loss. 

Missing teeth also affect your speech, changing the way you communicate and sometimes leading to social withdrawal. Your nutrition is also affected if you can no longer chew harder foods like seeds, nuts, and meat. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent replacements for one or more missing teeth. They are anchored into your jawbone, just like your natural teeth, and stimulate that tissue each day. 

A dental implant consists of the implant itself, which serves as the root of an artificial tooth. Once this portion is surgically implanted, and your bone tissue has time to fuse to the implant material, a piece called an abutment is placed on the portion of the implant that exits your gum tissue. 

That abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the crown, which is the visible portion of the implant. Once these three components are joined, and your gum tissue heals around the crown, your implant is complete and looks and functions just like a natural tooth. 

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are an option for replacing most or all of your natural teeth. While you can elect to have individual implants placed, that process is costly and requires significant healing time. Overdentures offer a solution that gives you a strong, healthy smile supported by dental implants. 

Overdentures require four dental implants in both the upper and lower jaw. Once those implants are fully integrated into your bone tissue, a span of false teeth is attached. 

One approach is bar-retained, implant-supported overdentures. This option secures the span of false teeth to a metal bar that attaches to the dental implants. The denture portion can be removed for cleaning or repair. 

Another option is fixed, implant-supported overdentures. This approach connects the overdenture to the implant without the option of removal, although your dentist can remove the span of false teeth if needed for repairs. 

If you have questions about the role dental implants can play in your dental restoration, call or book a consultation online today.