If you have one or more missing teeth, you’re probably already aware of the impact this can have on your self-esteem, your social life, and your ability to eat your favorite foods.
What you may not realize is that lost teeth also impact the health of the rest of your teeth and can even start a cycle that leads to further tooth loss.
At WinningSmiles, we have the skills, tools, and experience to put a stop to this cycle and restore your smile. If you are trying to cope with missing teeth, please call our Fontana, CA dental office and request a dental implants consultation with one of our doctors.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Unlike other tooth replacement methods that only seek to replace the crown of the tooth, the portion that is visible when you smile, dental implants replace the entire tooth – including the lost root.
This makes a huge difference in a number of ways:
- The implant is a permanent and looks and feels the most like your natural tooth.
- The replacement root signals your body to continue sending nutrients into the area, preventing bone loss and stopping the cycle of tooth loss in its tracks.
- Implants can be used to hold a number of different crown replacements, including a single crown, a dental bridge, or even dentures, giving you added flexibility to determine the treatment that is best for your goals and your lifestyle.
The implant is composed of three individual pieces. The first piece, the implant itself, is made of titanium. This material is used in other bone replacement procedures because it’s biocompatible. In other words, the body “recognizes” the material and doesn’t try to reject it. The implant is surgically placed in your dental bone and takes the place of the root.
The second piece, the abutment, is screwed into the implant and holds the third piece in place. The third piece could be a permanent restoration, like a crown or bridge, or a removable appliance, like a denture. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and work with you to create a full treatment plan so you know exactly what to expect.
Why WinningSmiles for Dental Implants?
At WinningSmiles, our dentists not only have ample experience and technical skill in placing implants, but they also can perform any additional procedures that might be needed to help prepare you for implants, such as sinus lifts or bone grafting. A key factor in placing implants is adequate bone quality to hold the implant in place while it heals, and these procedures can transform a person who has been told that they weren’t a good candidate for implants into an excellent candidate for implants!
Additionally, because we believe so strongly in the long-term health and social benefits of dental implants, we’ve invested in advanced technology for our practice that makes treatment more efficient, more precise, and more comfortable for our patients. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), for example, allows us to visualize your entire mouth and additional structures in 3-D so that we can pinpoint the very best location for your implant. We can even use this technology to perform guided surgery, when needed, for the most accurate results.
Call Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you live in the Fontana, CA area and you’ve been wondering whether a dental implant is right to replace your missing tooth, we hope that you’ll call our office to learn more about this remarkable procedure. We will perform a comprehensive examination, discuss your long-term goals and your lifestyle, and give you the information you need to make your decision about your dental health.