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Restoring Your Smile With Dental Implants

Restoring Your Smile With Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be detrimental to your oral and overall general health and can also affect your self-confidence. If you are missing teeth and are tired of trying to cover the space in your smile, your local Oakland cosmetic and general dentist office, Dragon Dental Group, can help you by filling in those gaps with dental implants to provide you a new, beautiful and natural looking smile.

What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were developed over 50 years ago to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since then, many advancements have been made to the implant which has enabled dentists to expand its usefulness including total replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant technology provides dentists with a wide range of tooth replacement options including:

  • Single tooth replacement
  • Anterior Replacement
  • Posterior Replacements
  • Full Upper Replacements

Why You Should Replace A Missing Tooth Regardless Of Where it Is

It is common for patients to feel the need to only replace teeth which are missing from the front of their mouths – as they do not like the unsightly appearance of gaps in their smiles. However, when teeth are missing at the back of their mouths, many people are not so inclined to do anything about it as they assume it’s not important as those gaps are not as visible. While aesthetics are a valid reason to have a tooth replaced, there are other important reasons to replace missing teeth.

Bone Loss and Muscle Deterioration

When a tooth is missing, the bone can start to deteriorate and weaken which can cause muscles to migrate away from their natural position. The end result can dramatically affect a person’s facial structure.

Difficulty Chewing

When teeth are missing, it can be difficult to chew certain foods sufficiently. This is especially true of you are missing posterior teeth. You will most likely try to chew with the side of your mouth that has all the teeth intact which can eventually affect the health of your jaw and jaw muscles. And, if you are not able to chew your food sufficiently, it can lead to digestive problems.

Higher Risk of Decay

When you lose a tooth, it is common for the other teeth to start shifting as they no longer have the support of that tooth. This can lead to overcrowding of your teeth which can make them more vulnerable to cavities and decay as it can be difficult to clean between the teeth to keep them free of plaque.

Changes in the Jaw

When a tooth is missing, it can lead to changes in the jaw as the other teeth can shift and cause problems such as a malocclusion or bad bite. The remaining teeth can also wear improperly when they are not in their correct positions. You could end up with jaw pain or headaches as a result of not replacing missing teeth as these are symptoms of a malocclusion.

A dental implant is often the best tooth replacement option when the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth present. An implant does not require the support from adjacent teeth and it keeps the jawbone strong. Dental implants have a very high success rate and can also be used to secure dentures, particles or bridges.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation with Us Today

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact our Oakland dental office today. Simply fill out and submit the ‘Appointment Request‘ form that is on our website and one of our team members will contact you to set up a consultation with one of our specialized implant dentists. Also, please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions!

Joyce Tse, D.D.S. | Tiffany Tse, D,M.D., M.S. | Eric Cheung, D.D.S. | Nelson Wong, D.D.S. | Semi Lim, D.M.D.
  • Dragon Dental Group - 1808 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: 510-268-1727 Fax: 510-268-3573

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