If you need to have one or more teeth extracted, or if you’ve lost one or more teeth due to an injury, you should know that you still have options to maintain your oral health and function. Today’s dentistry can provide dental implants that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
At Vasona Family Dentistry of Los Gatos, California, our care team, led by Neda Zadeh, DDS, offers dental implant services to new and existing patients. Here’s what we want our patients to know about the potential benefits of choosing dental implants and how the treatment works.
Restoring the appearance and function of your smile
Having one or more missing teeth can leave a visible gap in your smile. You might feel self-conscious about your mouth’s appearance. With missing teeth, you may have issues with dental function, as well.
If you can’t properly chew your food, you might have digestive problems, and gaps in your smile can lead to deterioration in your other neighboring teeth. Once you have a missing tooth, your remaining teeth can start to shift in your mouth, disrupting your bite and causing various oral and dental health issues around speaking, eating, and dental hygiene.
Dental implants are often the best option to restore the appearance and function of your smile. Bridges and partial dentures may also be a possibility, but dental implants are most likely to give you the best and most long-lasting results.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant starts with a surgical procedure, anchoring a metal post in your jaw that will eventually hold your artificial tooth in place. This anchoring gives dental implants an advantage over a bridge or partial dentures, as your implant is secured to your jawbone, like a natural tooth.
You won’t find a dental implant slipping around in your mouth the way that dentures can. Dental implants stimulate the root of your replacement tooth in your jaw, supporting your ongoing jawbone health and potentially leading to new bone growth.
Dr. Zadeh makes your custom dental implant from a completely biocompatible material so that it will naturally integrate into your jawbone. Once it’s ready and secured in place, your artificial tooth will look just like your other natural teeth. Dr. Zadeh can match the shade of your teeth for a perfect, seamless appearance.
Unlike other options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are long-lasting. With good oral care, your dental implants can last a lifetime, keeping you smiling, eating, and speaking with confidence. Dr. Zadeh can also use a dental implant combined with dentures, crowns, or bridges to provide lasting stabilization.
To learn more about how dental implants could improve your oral health and restore the integrity and strength of your bite, get in touch with Dr. Zadeh and the team at Vasona Family Dentistry today. You can book your initial consultation appointment online or schedule over the phone now.