Dr. Amit Shah is a specialist in Dental Implant procedures and had specialty training. Dr. Shah offers exceptional dental implants to all his patients.
Why Are Dental Implants Needed?
Tooth loss (edentulism) is an incredibly common oral health issue with around 178 million adults missing at least one permanent tooth. Edentulism can take place for a wide variety of reasons, and all patients should understand why it is so important to treat tooth loss and the benefits of modern restorative options such as dental implants.
For many patients, the number one reason to treat tooth loss comes down to the appearance of their smile. Tooth loss is a serious cosmetic issue that has left millions of patients uncomfortable with their appearance. In addition to aesthetics, untreated tooth loss can also lead to a medical condition known as bone resorption. With the root of the tooth no longer stimulating the jaw, the bone will begin to deteriorate. A solution to this issue is bone grafting.
Edentulism will increase one’s risk of periodontal disease as food debris becomes trapped in the cavity left by the missing tooth. Over time, the surrounding natural teeth will begin to shift toward the gap and become susceptible to chips and cracks. Those that have one or more missing teeth could also develop problems with eating and speaking. The short and long-term effects of tooth loss can be devastating to one’s health and appearance, and this is why many have turned to advanced dental appliances to restore their smile.
Dental Implant Procedure
With the proper aftercare, modern dental implants have a success rate of over 98 percent. This process begins with an initial consultation with dentist Orange county, which will involve X-rays and a careful examination of the patient’s teeth and gums. On the day of the procedure, the patient will be given a local anesthetic or general anesthetic depending on how many implants are needed and the type of implants that are used. A tooth root implant (small titanium rod) is then anchored into the cavity that has been left by the missing tooth.
Patients need an average of 12 weeks to recover as the implant forms a bond with the bone. Once the jaw and soft tissue has healed, a second appointment will be needed to place a crown on the implant. Crowns are custom-made for every patient by taking a mold of their surrounding teeth and bite pattern. Each crown is designed to perfectly match the shape and color of the natural teeth.