Many adults have 32 teeth or 28 if they had their wisdom teeth removed. All these teeth work together to help your mouth function, and missing a tooth (or several) can have a profound impact on your oral health — and your life.
Missing teeth can compromise your remaining teeth, increasing your risk of damage and decay. Missing teeth can also contribute to bone loss in your jaw. Plus, that gap can lower your self-confidence and make you want to hide your smile.
The good news? You don’t have to let that missing tooth affect your oral health or your confidence. Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth that replace missing teeth to restore the look and function of your smile.
Kohei Morita, DDS, and our team at Morita Dental specialize in dental implants for adults of all ages. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, now is the time to learn the many benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent solution
An implant is a dental restoration that includes three main parts: the rod, the abutment, and the crown. The rod is a titanium “root” that’s permanently fixed into your jaw bone. It’s topped with an abutment that connects the root to the crown, an artificial tooth.
In your dental implant procedure, Dr. Morita makes an incision in your gum to reach your jaw bone. He places the titanium rod into your jaw, and the bone heals around it to create a secure base for your artificial tooth.
Dental implants are permanent, which means they don’t require special care. You can eat and talk with ease, and you don’t have to worry about the discomfort that other dental restorations (like dentures) can cause.
Dental implants promote healthy bone growth
When you have a missing tooth, your jaw bone is at risk for deterioration. Healthy teeth stimulate bone growth when you bite, chew, and use your mouth — but a missing tooth means that part of your jaw doesn’t have proper stimulation. Over time, the bone gets weaker, and surrounding teeth may start to loosen and fall out.
Dental implants help combat bone loss because they’re inserted directly into your jaw. The titanium rod promotes healthy bone growth, and it helps your jaw stay strong for your remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants look like natural teeth
Dental implants have many functional benefits, from helping your mouth work properly to stimulating healthy bone growth. But one of the best benefits is cosmetic: Dental implants look just like natural teeth.
Dr. Morita and our team work with each patient to choose dental implant crowns that match the look of their natural teeth. The crowns are custom made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to seamlessly complete your smile.
Dental implants are comfortable, and most people will never know that you have one. Your speech is clear and unimpeded, and you can keep eating all the foods you love.
You care for your dental implant just like your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss twice a day, and keep coming in for your regular dental cleanings, and you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.
Stop living with the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth. Find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants with a consultation at Morita Dental. Call our Cupertino, California office at 408-775-7770, or request an appointment online now.