Tooth loss is never a good thing. But the silver lining is that there have never been more options available for cosmetic improvements and dental restorations to correct partial or full tooth loss. Dental implants, which are unique in the fact that they replace both the root and the crown of a missing tooth, are the dental restoration that most closely resembles the structure and function of a natural tooth. In our Sacramento and Folsom, CA, offices, Dr. Julianne Digiorno and Dr. Anthony Digiorno offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services for both children and adults.
Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Implants
Most people don't really give much thought to what happens above the gum line. Unless you have an especially "gummy" smile, no one even sees your gums when you speak or smile, and the teeth do all of the work involved in speaking, eating, and smiling for selfies right? Yes and no. When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, a vacuum effect is essentially created in the gums, which causes the supportive bone tissue to erode. Bone loss is one of the main factors in periodontal disease and can affect the stability of the surrounding teeth and increase the risk of additional oral health problems and infection.
Implants address this problem by replacing the root of a missing tooth, which helps to generate the growth of new healthy bone tissue and to prevent further bone loss. This happens through a process known as osseointegration, where the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. Once the implant has been anchored in place, the cosmetic crown is attached to complete the restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or secure an entire set of dentures on the upper and lower jaw.
In order to qualify, you must be a healthy adult and have enough remaining bone density in the gums to support the implant. A commitment to consistent oral hygiene and follow up dental care is also necessary to minimize the risk of complications. With proper care, dental implants have a very high success rate.
Find a Dentist in Sacramento and Folsom, CA
Are you ready to invest in a brand new smile and restore your oral health after tooth loss? Contact either our Sacramento or Folsom office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment: 916-486-8525 for Sacramento or 916-81-SMILE (76453) for Folsom.