No matter why you’re dealing with a hole in your smile due to a lost or missing tooth, you’ve got more than a cosmetic problem. Missing teeth aren’t just unsightly — they also pose a risk to your long-term dental and oral health.
Lost or missing teeth need to be replaced, and the gold-standard option for tooth replacement in today’s dentistry is dental implants. At Sargon Dental, our team, led by Dr. Sargon Lazarof, provides high-quality dental implants for new and existing patients from around the Encino and West Hollywood, California, areas.
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider filling holes in your smile using dental implants, a great way for you to restore both a beautiful smile and strong dental health.
1. Restore the appearance and function of your smile
Dental implants look, feel, and work just like your original lost tooth. That’s the main reason why so many of our patients at Sargon Dental opt for dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide a fixed and stable fit that doesn’t slip or move when eating, talking, or even laughing, so you can feel secure about your smile.
2. Stimulate bone growth
Your teeth and jaw bone have an important relationship: the root that holds the visible part of your tooth in place also stimulates healthy bone growth. If you lose a tooth, your jawbone isn’t receiving that needed stimulation, and your bone health can decline in that area.
While other teeth replacement options don’t stimulate your jawbone, dental implants will, maintaining your bone integrity for years to come. The implanted post of your implant has a similar effect to a natural tooth root, helping to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
3. Reduce uneven wear on other teeth
A lost or missing tooth, or a non-implant tooth replacement solution, can leave your neighboring teeth dealing with unnecessary, uneven, or excessive wear-and-tear. Your bite might start to shift, creating further dental difficulties for you.
Dental implants can take their share of pressure, replicating your natural bite and functioning so much like the real thing that you don’t need to worry about additional issues related to your tooth loss for your remaining teeth.
4. Reduce your risk of gum disease
Healthy teeth and healthy gums go together. The structure of a dental implant, with a titanium implanted post and a natural-looking crown on top, mimics the natural structure that secures your teeth into your gums. Dental implants reduce your risk of gum disease after tooth loss, a condition that can have serious complications for your whole-body health.
5. Benefit from simple care steps
Dental implants take a few appointments to secure in place, with the implant process complete within about 3-6 months. Once your implants are fused to your jawbone, they provide long-lasting restoration.
With good care, your dental implant can last for the rest of your lifetime, making it almost like you never lost the tooth in the first place. You just need to brush twice a day and floss regularly, with the same technique you use to keep your natural teeth clean. No soaking dentures or complicated cleaning procedures here!
To learn if dental implants are right for you, get in touch with the team at Sargon Dental today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online, or call now to book.