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Most people only think about the aesthetics of missing teeth, and there is certainly a cosmetic downside to a gap in your smile. There are plenty of dental health issues, though, that arise when you have one or more missing teeth.
Each of your natural teeth anchor directly into your jawbone. Each time you bite down, you stimulate that bone tissue, keeping it healthy and strong.
When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone loses that stimulation. Over time, it can begin to wear away, a process known as resorption.
That weakens the connection with surrounding teeth and can cause you to lose even more teeth. In some cases, bone grafting can help restore missing bone tissue.
A gap in your smile also leaves the surrounding teeth without the support they need to remain in place. As your bite shifts, that places excess pressure on your teeth, which can cause new problems.
Dental implants are a permanent treatment to replace one or more missing teeth. Like your natural teeth, implants anchor into your bone tissue.
Dr. Nourian uses titanium implants, an option that easily fuses with bone. On the day of your procedure, he drills a small hole into the jawbone and precisely positions the post portion of the implant within the bone.
It takes 3-4 months for your bone to fuse with the implant, after which you return to have the crown portion of the implant attached to the post using a connector called an abutment. That completes the restoration, and your new implant looks and functions like the rest of your natural teeth.
Dr. Nourian has performed hundreds of dental implant procedures and offers them at a reasonable fee so they are accessible to all.
Individual dental implants are a great option for replacing a single or a few missing teeth, but if you need to replace your entire upper or lower span of teeth, there is another implant option that can deliver outstanding results.
The system is known as All-on-4Ⓡ dental implants. It consists of a fixed prosthesis (false teeth) that anchors on just four dental implants in either your upper or lower jaw.
All-on-4 dental implants offer the chance to completely makeover your smile. The approach is also less expensive than getting a full set of individual dental implants and can be a good option for people who don’t have enough healthy bone tissue for individual implants.
If you’d like more information about all of your dental implant options, call the office of Ron Nourian, DDS, today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also available and is fast and easy.