Dental Implants for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Patients can have gaps in their smiles for many reasons. Some lose a tooth from trauma, such as a sports injury or car accident. Others lose a tooth—or many teeth—due to gum disease or dental decay. Some patients have hypodontia, which means they never formed the tooth in the first place.

No matter what the reason for the gap(s) in your smile, there are many reasons to replace your lost tooth (teeth). Dental implants offer the most natural tooth replacement option.

At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental team is highly qualified in placing dental implants. In fact, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team. Her education and training go far beyond dental school and includes extensive experience with the surgical placement of dental implants.

Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

Missing a tooth causes more problems than an unsightly gap in your smile.

When you have a gap in your teeth, the remaining teeth will shift and move, causing crowding and crooked teeth. This not only affects the aesthetics of your smile even more but can cause other serious issues.

For instance, oral hygiene is harder with crooked teeth, so you have an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease. Either of these conditions put you at risk for further tooth loss and gum recession.

Also, as the teeth shift and move, this negatively affects your bite, which can lead to issues with eating and nutrition.

Replacing a missing tooth helps keep the remaining natural teeth to stay in place, which keeps your smile healthy and beautiful.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces your missing tooth root. It resembles a small screw and is surgically placed in your jawbone.

Titanium is biocompatible and nontoxic, and body fluids and blood will not corrode it. Moreover, when placed in bone tissue, titanium stimulates the growth of new bone cells that surround the dental implant in a process called osseointegration.

Since complete fusion can take several months, your new dental implant will require a period of healing. However, after three to six months (depending on several factors), the implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw. This means it is tremendously secure and stable.

If a dental implant only replaces the tooth root, why is it important?

While there are options for replacing the visible part of your tooth without replacing the root, such as a dental bridge or removable dentures, you want to consider the full picture before choosing the best treatment option for you.

Your natural tooth roots do more than keep your teeth in your jaw. Each time you chew and bite down, your tooth roots vibrate, which stimulates your jawbone. This stimulation is necessary to keep your jawbone healthy.

A missing tooth root means a lack of bone stimulation, which leads to bone loss in your jaw. As the bone destruction increases, your risk of further tooth loss increases. It also results in a sunken-in appearance of your face, which makes you look older.

A dental implant replaces the tooth root and mimics the vibrations and bone stimulation, keeping your jawbone healthy and intact.

Once your implant fully fuses to your jawbone, we will complete your restoration with a prosthetic that replaces the visible part of the tooth—either a dental crown, bridge, or denture(s).

Why Ocean View Dental Care for my dental implant?

When considering who to trust for your dental implant, recognize the fact that it will become a permanent part of your jawbone.

While the success rate of dental implants hovers around 95 percent, there are factors that can increase or decrease the risk of dental implant failure. Some factors are completely up to you, such as refraining from tobacco use and the heavy consumption of alcohol. There are also certain medications and medical conditions that can contribute, so you want to discuss your full medical history with your dentist honestly.

However, the number one factor in dental implant success is directly related to the doctor who places it. This isn’t a time to make finances your number one concern.

In other words, do you want a dentist who specializes in dental implants and has the training and experience to back up their expertise and can handle complex issues? Or would you prefer a general dentist who took a weekend course in placing dental implants and happens to be offering a discount?

At Ocean View Dental, Dr. Kelk has gone above and beyond over 90 percent of dentists who place dental implants. After dental school, she continued her education in periodontology for an additional three years.

During her additional training, Dr. Kelk learned everything about the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants. She also learned about the latest techniques and technology involved in dental implants, bone grafts, and bone regeneration. This is also important, as some patients do not have enough bone tissue to support a dental implant and require a bone graft surgery or bone regeneration procedure.

In addition, Dr. Kelk achieved board certification in periodontology. This is a distinction that only approximately 10 percent of periodontists achieve.

If you have questions and would like more information about a tooth implant, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, call (949) 388-0980 today to speak with one of our amazing team members.

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