Dental Implant Restoration
Modern dental technology has given us a new solution to the problem of missing teeth in the form of dental implants. Our office offers dental implant restoration for improving the appearance of your smile and to restore your teeth to full functionality.
Missing Teeth Replacement
Aside from the cosmetic implications of needing missing teeth replacement, gaps in your smile can cause a number of additional distressing problems that may require discussion of tooth replacement options. When you have missing teeth, many of life’s normal activities become difficult:
- Eating can be painful without teeth replacement treatment, and you may find yourself avoiding crispy, crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables because they tend to jab your gums without a front tooth implant. In time, this may even lead to malnutrition.
- Depending on how many teeth are missing and where they are located, your speech may sound different. This could lead to avoidance of social situations and stagnation in your career.
- The rest of your teeth may shift, which can lead to pressure and discomfort in other places in your mouth. As your remaining teeth compensate for those that are missing, they may wear down, crack, or break under the extra pressure. Eventually, you may lose more teeth.
Don’t discount the importance of having a smile you can shine freely and confidently. When you find yourself hiding your smile or feeling self-conscious about your appearance, it’s harder to feel good about yourself. In time, these feelings could cause depression to develop, and the quality of your life may deteriorate.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants, sometimes called tooth implants, are a small, biocompatible titanium post an oral surgeon or periodontist places into the gum where your tooth used to be. A dental crown created to look like and blend in with your own natural teeth is then attached to the post to fill in the gap left by the tooth. This process is called dental implant restoration.
Thanks to improvements in dental crown technology, the crowns used in our implants for teeth look just like natural teeth. While close friends and family will see and appreciate the change in your smile, others will not be able to tell that you have had restorative work done – they will only see a beautiful smile.
Dental implants can also be used to hold bridges, partials, or dentures in place. For patients seeking a full-mouth restoration or total smile makeover, dental implants are often an excellent starting place.
Elk Grove dentist Dr. Peter Ngai has performed many implant restorations and has a great deal of skill and experience with this dental procedure.
If you have seriously damaged teeth or missing teeth and want to find out more about your options, call our office to schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Ngai. Questions such as how much do dental implants cost can be discussed. He will perform a very thorough examination to check the condition of your gums and the rest of your teeth to see either full mouth dental implants or partial mouth dental implants are required. Dental x-rays will also be used to check the quantity and quality of your jawbone.
Using this information to evaluate the full or partial dental implant decision, Dr. Ngai will discuss your best options and work with you to create a treatment plan appropriate for your dental health needs.