Dental Implants and the Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental Implants and the Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be inconvenient and uncomfortable – most people know this. But did you know that they can have detrimental effects on your mouth as well? One highly effective method for replacing teeth is with dental implants. Pacific Heights Dental Studio is proud to offer this restorative treatment to our patients in San Francisco, CA to restore both function and looks to their smile.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a tiny screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace damaged or missing teeth. Because it is made of a titanium alloy, it is extremely strong and can last a lifetime. The actual functioning part of the implant is a dental prosthetic, usually a crown; the implant itself is actually a replacement for the tooth root. Besides crowns or bridges, dental implants can be placed to support loose, removeable dentures.

The importance of replacing teeth

Having missing teeth affects several aspects of your life.

  • Appearance
  • Though it may sound superficial, it’s only natural for a person to be self-conscious when they are missing even just one tooth. Taking a knock in self-confidence can possibly cause depression and affect one’s work and/or personal life. It has been found that dental implants can help in restoring a patient’s morale and boosting their confidence.

  • Oral health
  • When a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported that tooth is also affected, and almost immediately. The bone will begin to recede, possibly eventually causing a change in the bite. Because there will be a space where the tooth once was, the remaining teeth will be allowed to shift into the space; they can even tilt and rotate as they move, especially the teeth closest to the space. Bone recession and the shifting of the teeth can interfere with the patient’s chewing abilities and make the teeth harder to clean. This could lead to the loss of more teeth if the problem is not addressed.

  • Comfort
  • Not only does it interfere with chewing capabilities, but a missing tooth can be incredibly annoying when a piece of food gets lodged into that space. It can get very tiring to not be able to enjoy your food freely, and eventually, you’ll want to do something about the problem.

If you are missing teeth and are tired of limiting the foods you eat and being careful about the ones that you do, make an appointment at Pacific Heights Dental Studio. We are here to serve the patients of San Francisco, CA to maintain or restore a healthy set of teeth.

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