March 28, 2023
Most people are familiar with dental implants, often described as the “gold standard” for tooth replacement due to their natural appearance and functionality. You might be aware that they can replace a single tooth, an entire arch, or even a full set of teeth.
Nataly Vilderman, DDS, a highly skilled and experienced general and cosmetic dentist in San Francisco, California, specializes in helping patients restore their smiles. Among the numerous tooth replacement options she provides at her cutting-edge dental practice, dental implants are a top choice.
But how can you determine if dental implants are the right solution for you? Dr. Vilderman outlines five signs that it may be time to consider dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
Dental implants are an innovative and natural solution for replacing lost teeth. The surgical procedure involves implanting a metal post into your jawbone, effectively replicating a tooth root. This artificial root stimulates jawbone growth, maintaining its health. An abutment is placed on the root post, which supports a crown or other prosthetic devices such as bridges, dentures, and overdentures.
The process requires patience, as the metal post must fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which can take months. The result, however, is permanent, fully functional, and natural-looking teeth.
You might want to consider (or reconsider) getting a dental implant (or implants) if:
You already have a missing tooth Over 120 million Americans have at least one missing tooth due to infections, severe decay, gum disease, or trauma. If you have a missing tooth, you should explore replacement options. Dental implants not only fill the gap in your smile but also support your facial structure by preventing jawbone atrophy.
Chewing or speaking clearly is difficult A single missing tooth can impact your ability to eat and speak. If multiple teeth are missing, your mouth’s functionality can be seriously affected. Chewing on one side to avoid the missing tooth can lead to premature wear on those teeth. Teeth also contribute to the formation of certain speech sounds, which can be affected by tooth loss.
Your tooth is infected Fillings or root canals can often save infected or decayed teeth. However, severely infected teeth may need extraction. What comes next? The issues with eating, speech, and appearance mentioned above come into play. Dr. Vilderman will discuss tooth extraction and replacement options with you. Often, an implant post can be placed immediately after extraction, expediting the restoration process.
You want to avoid dentures Full and partial dentures can be an effective tooth replacement option, but some people are concerned about their removable nature. Slipping or falling dentures can be embarrassing, and they require nightly soaking and maintenance. This may not be ideal for busy individuals.
You’re a candidate for dental implants Dental implants aren’t suitable for everyone, but Dr. Vilderman can help determine if you’re a good candidate. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, nonsmokers, and have sufficient bone to support an implant. If you meet these qualifications, implants could be the perfect solution for replacing your missing teeth.
Dental Implant Specialist in San Francisco, CA
Are you ready to learn more about dental implants? Contact Dr. Vilderman’s dental office in San Francisco at 415-338-9503 or book an appointment online to discuss dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth.
As a renowned dentist and passionate blogger, Dr. Vilderman finds equal joy in sharing her dental expertise through blogging as she does in her daily practice. With her engaging prose, she effortlessly brings the world of dentistry to life, leaving readers intrigued and informed with every word.
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