If you are considering replacing one or more missing teeth, you may be exploring your different options. There is no doubt modern dentistry provides us with a number of strong and beautiful ways to replace missing teeth. Dentures, bridges, and dental implants all give Santa Barbara patients new reasons to smile, but when asked which option is best, Dr. Martinez quickly answers:
giving you a new reason to smile
”I strongly believe that implants are currently the best solution for replacing missing teeth in a way that closely matches the natural dentition.Dr. Ana Martinez
why get dental implants?
Dental implants restore missing teeth in a way that cannot be achieved any other way. Why? Because dental implants are the only tooth solution that goes beyond replacing not only the tooth itself but also replacing the tooth root. They maintain bone structure after tooth extraction, avoiding excessive bone resorption and consequent changes in jaw and facial contours. Since they are integrated into the jaw, dental implants maintain their position, helping preserve contours, contacts, profile, and overall balance within the oral structure. They also help avoid tilting of neighbor teeth and maintain the health of neighbor teeth and gum as close as it should be when the natural tooth existed.
Undergoing a procedure for dental implants will undoubtedly help you replace your missing teeth, but it also comes with several other oral health advantages.
what are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can help reduce the pain in the jaw, face or neck that often comes with shifting teeth. After your dental implant surgery, you will notice this discomfort slowly disappearing. Over time, the formation of your facial tissues will see a big improvement, which can also make you look more youthful. Missing teeth may have left you unable to chew, digest or even speak properly. With your dental implant surgery, you will be able to resume these normal daily activities better than ever.
Roots of teeth are important because they support the surrounding bone structure. When a tooth is lost, the bone will begin to deteriorate, compromising your remaining teeth and total body health. This is also the reason why many people who have worn dentures for years, develop “sunken” or “aged” facial features.
Placing dental implants involves a simple surgery. This might sound scary, but modern anesthesia techniques, advanced technology, and new surgical procedures make dental implant placement very comfortable. In fact, implant surgery can be more comfortable than having a tooth pulled. Many patients are surprised by how comfortable the surgery and recovery are.
What is the process of getting dental implants?
When getting dental implants it might take a few months in order to complete the entire fitting process. In the first consultation with Dr. Martinez, you can discuss all the concerns you have with your current teeth. After a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, Dr. Martinez will be able to decide on the right procedure for you. Once the treatment plan has been decided, you can choose a date to begin your dental implant procedure.
The process begins by taking X-rays and molds of your jaw and teeth. Doing so will allow Dr. Martinez to understand your bone and gum structure in a much better way, while also evaluating the spacing available for fitting an implant.
Following this, you will be called in for your surgery to place the implant into the dental bone.
Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Martinez caps the dental implant with a natural-looking porcelain crown. The crown will fit snugly over the implant, so it looks like it’s coming directly out of the gum tissue just like the tooth you were born with. With the final product, you can enjoy eating, speaking, laughing, and caring for your teeth just as you did before your tooth was lost.
What is the recovery period like?
Although getting dental implants is a life-changing surgery, it is quite a simple one. Most patients report feeling absolutely comfortable to return to work the very next day. Any mild pain or discomfort can easily be treated by over-the-counter medicines, which will be prescribed to you by Dr. Martinez. To fully recover from dental implant surgery, it may take at least four months. During this time, your jaw and teeth will be aligning themselves in place to adjust with your new implants.
You will be called into our clinic for a routine check-up which will help Dr. Martinez evaluate the health of your new implants. In the process, you will be informed if any adjustments are required.
Following your procedure, Dr. Martinez will be more than happy to brief you about the various dos and don’ts associated with the aftercare of your new implants. You will be instructed to maintain good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits.
don't hesitate to replace missing teeth
If you have missing teeth and you are currently exploring your replacement options, call Riviera Smiles to schedule your consultation with Dr. Martinez, a dentist for Santa Barbara. Dental implants are the natural way to replace missing teeth!