Losing a tooth can affect more than your smile’s appearance. It can impinge on your speech, chewing and oral health, and affect your self-image and confidence.
In many instances, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Because implants are integrated into the natural bone structure, they offer unrivaled stability and durability. They also look and feel like natural teeth.
If you are struggling with the implications of one or more missing teeth, restorative dentist Mark Galli can help. He offers beautiful, lifelike dental implants in Encinitas and North County. By replacing your tooth with a dental implant, he can help you eat, speak, smile and enjoy your regular, active life without worrying about your oral health.
Designed to be a long-term tooth replacement. Dental implants are made of three pieces: the implant itself is a titanium root that is placed into the socket where your tooth was. The second piece is a connector called an abutment that securely connects a new tooth (usually a porcelain crown) to the implant. Because implants are integrated to your natural bone, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
Support normal chewing and speaking function. Implants can withstand the forces of biting and chewing, and enable you to enjoy all of your favorite foods. They also allow you to properly enunciate and speak clearly.
Promote good oral health. Replacing missing teeth is good for oral health. It prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting in the mouth, which can destabilize the bite and put pressure on the jaw.
Keep the bone stimulated. When a tooth falls out, the underlying bone can deteriorate from lack of stimulation. Eventually, the weak bone can cause the remaining teeth to become loose and potentially fall out. Because implants are placed in the bone, the force from chewing and biting keeps the bone stimulated and healthy, preventing bone loss and gum problems.
Maintenance. Just like natural teeth, implants need to be brushed, flossed and checked by a dentist. Well-maintained implants have little or no complications.
If you are missing a natural tooth and want a permanent replacement, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants. You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Galli to discuss your needs and goals of treatment and explore your options.
In general, candidates for implants should have good oral health and good general health. They should not smoke or have any serious, systemic health conditions that could affect the implant’s healing process. Candidates need to have sufficient bone structure to support the implant. And, they must commit to maintaining proper oral hygiene to care for the new implant.
Your dental implant treatment will be thoughtfully planned out by Dr. Galli, who will guide you through every step.
The first part of the process is to surgically place the implant in the socket where the other tooth was. This procedure is fast and comfortable, and most patients say it was easier than getting the old tooth removed. There won’t be a tooth there yet, since the implant has to heal, but there are temporary options in the healing phase. Once the implant has healed, the porcelain tooth will be connected to the implant. The tooth will be designed to match your surrounding natural teeth in size, shape and color. Once in place, it will look, feel and function just like a natural healthy tooth.
If you would like more information about dental implants, Encinitas dentist Dr. Mark Galli would be happy to speak with you. Call or email our practice today to schedule a consultation.
When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.Learn More