Multiple Tooth Implant
Dentist Fountain Valley, CA
Dental implants are an effective solution to the highly prevalent problem of missing teeth. They are reliable, durable, and perhaps, more importantly, virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.
A cursory look at the statistics will reveal a sobering reality: tooth loss is more common than you expect. Most Americans will have lost an average of 12 teeth by age 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
It may seem trivial at first, but the problem of tooth loss often goes beyond aesthetic changes. Bone loss due to lack of stimulation to the jaw, the gradual weakening of surrounding teeth, and numerous oral health concerns are just some of the problems that occur due to unaddressed tooth loss.
This is why it is so important to have regular dental appointments because tooth loss will kick off a domino effect that will jeopardize your oral health.
Depending on your health and various other factors (such as jawbone density), your best bet may be to get multiple tooth implants. Book a dental implant consultation at Bijan Family Dental Practice and our experienced specialists, Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi and , will fill you in on the details.
The Basics of Dental Implants
Dental implants are usually made of three components:
||The implant post itself which is often made of titanium or zirconium
||The abutment that connects the prosthesis to the implant
||The prosthesis, usually tooth-shaped ceramics - this is the part that is constantly exposed to food and liquids
The implant post and abutment are the most important part of the procedure. You can easily have the prosthesis replaced (which is usually the first component to require replacement due to gradual wear and tear).
Taking a Look at the Advantages of Multiple Tooth Implants
You can't really tell the difference between real teeth and tooth implants - they're that effective. Each dental implant is anchored into your jawbone, providing unparalleled stability to any orthodontic appliance.
Maintain Jawbone Density
One of the most underrated advantages of multiple tooth implants is their ability to maintain jawbone density and prevent further bone loss. Tooth implants mimic the function of real teeth by applying chewing pressure to stimulate the jawbone and prevent the body from absorbing it.
So what makes dental implants so useful for your teeth? It boils down to the simple fact that the dental implant material, which is usually titanium, integrates with the jawbone itself. Dental implants will be surgically drilled into the jaw and become a permanent part of it.
This requires a long healing process, usually three to four months if you follow post-op instructions carefully, to allow the living bone to fuse properly with the implant. During this time, you will be expected to avoid hard foods that could hurt the highly sensitive jawbone.
So why should you care about jawbone preservation? Because the jawbone density plays a crucial role in how your face appears. No amount of creams, ointments, or hair gels can restore the original shape of your face if jawbone loss has occurred.
Lack of jawbone density can lead to changes such as
All of the above signs are consistent with accelerated aging. But dental implants can help you maintain your facial shape, preserve jawbone density, and prevent aging.
Sure, you could get dentures to solve your teeth problems, but you'll have to replace them at least once every five to seven years, depending on use. The forces of chewing cause extreme wear and tear to dentures, not to mention the abrupt temperature changes from hot and cold foods, as well as moisture exposure will take a toll on your dentures.
Compare this with dental implants with an average lifespan of over 22 years!
It Looks and Feels Natural
Dental implants are highly popular for a reason - they look and feel just like the real thing. Our specialists, Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi and , will place a crown over the implant, helping it mimic real teeth - a massive upgrade compared to dentures.
Just make sure to seek experienced dentists, such as those at Bijan Family Dental Practice. Take your time, book a consultation, and do your research. Going to an experienced dentist is important because every individual's teeth are unique, and it is important to ensure that the new implant is shaped and fitted to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
To make sure that the dental implant looks as natural as possible, our dentist will create a 3D image of your oral structure, usually with the help of a CT scan. This includes the arrangement of each individual tooth, bones, gums, sinuses, and even nerve pathways. A virtual model is then used to start the dental implant process, ensuring utmost accuracy and precision.
Most of these scans can be completed in less than a minute. Our dentists can then use this information to start dental implant treatment and necessary oral surgeries, such as bone graft surgeries.
It Improves Your Quality of Life
You can't really put a price on the quality of your life. The design, construction, and installation of dental implants have evolved through decades of research. Thanks to recent advancements in orthodontics, dental implants offer unparalleled longevity and stability, which is a key reason why patients regain their confidence that was lost due to loss of oral function and signs of aging.
Not everyone is eligible for getting a multiple tooth implant, especially if excessive jawbone recession has occurred - usually if the patient waits too long to have their teeth replaced. The patient may be asked to undergo bone graft surgery to fill in the missing bone for the implant.
The patient is required to be relatively healthy with no gum disease. Eligible candidates will be asked to abstain from smoking because it will slow down the bone healing process.
Curious about the dental implant process? Get in touch with our friendly dentists and staff by calling (714) 421-4494.