A tooth implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. It serves as a stable replacement root for a lost tooth. Once dental implants heal, the exposed portion of the post can be securely fitted with a dental restoration. Dental implants in Lompoc, CA not only replace missing teeth and restore mouth function, but they also prevent jaw atrophy that results when a tooth has been absent for a long time.
Restorations in dentistry are prosthetics used to replace missing teeth or to reinforce a damaged tooth. A crown can restore one tooth. Traditional dental crowns are custom fit caps that cover a tooth that has been weakened by extensive decay or trauma. An implant-supported crown allows patients to replace a lost tooth or an unhealthy tooth that needed to be extracted.
A dental bridge is also referred to as a partial denture. This type of prosthetic is used to replace several connective missing teeth. The traditional method is to prepare the teeth that are adjacent to the gap for placement of the crowns that anchor the bridge. An implant-supported bridge provides added stability and does not require altering surrounding healthy teeth.
Your dentist at Ocean Dental may recommend dentures if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, are able to replace all your upper or lower teeth, or a whole mouthful. Traditional dentures are secured with dental adhesive and are notoriously known to slip out of place. Denture patients with implants never have to worry about having their teeth shift or fall out while talking, laughing or eating.