Dental Implants Provide Superior Support for Your Restoration
If you have lost teeth, dental implants from the Rancho Santa Margarita practice of Dr. Scott Karafin offer superior support for tooth replacement. Made from bio-compatible titanium, dental implants are tiny posts surgically implanted in the jaw to simulate lost tooth roots. Dental implants can be restored with a denture, bridge, or crown. Implant-supported dental restorations are unparalleled in their strength and durability, allowing you to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence. With a fully customized restoration from Dr. Karafin, your smile can look and feel as good as new. To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation today.
The Most Advanced Tooth Replacement Available
Tooth loss—whether due to trauma, dental disease, or decay—is quite common. When it occurs, it is important to replace the tooth in order to avoid potential problems with eating, speaking, and oral health. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can lead to further tooth loss. In the past, a patient’s only choices to replace missing teeth were full dentures or a partial denture (also called a bridge). Implants are a huge advance in dental care because they effectively replace the whole tooth, from root to crown. They are the only dental prosthetic that has this capacity, and it lends them a wealth of benefits.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When the titanium posts are implanted in the jaw tissue, they fuse with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. This essentially locks the implant in place, giving it permanence and stability. The replacement tooth or teeth they support are sturdy enough to do everything that natural teeth do, including eating foods like steak or corn on the cob.
Importantly, dental implants help to retain bone mass in the jaw. The posts stimulate the jaw when you bite and chew, which tells the body to continue sending nutrients to the area. If these signals are absent, the jawbone will shrink and deteriorate, leading to destabilization of the remaining teeth as well as a sunken facial appearance.