Restore your smile with dental implants built like “real teeth” in Murrieta, CA
From classic cars to vintage heirloom pieces that have stood the test of time, there is nothing quite like the “real thing” or “the original.” This same notion can be applied to our teeth. If in partnership with you, we cannot “save” your damaged natural teeth with restorations and root canal therapy, Scola Family Dentistry is pleased to offer a fine substitute: dental implants in Murrieta, CA, at our advanced, yet approachable, office.
Superior tooth replacement
Dental bridges replace the part of the tooth that you see above the gumline, the crown. Conventional dentures are made with dental materials that are designed to replicate both crowns and gum tissue. The replacement tooth or pontic within a bridge system is held in place by neighboring “anchor” teeth or abutments. To optimally support the pontic, each abutment must be crowned.
Due to the anatomical structure of the roof of the mouth, well-fitting upper dentures are held in place by natural suction. Because of the anatomy of the floor of the mouth, lower dentures often need a little support in the form of products such as adhesive creams, sheets, strips, and powders.
Crowns, bridges, and dentures that are supported by implants do not need special products to stabilize them. Likewise, natural and healthy teeth in the mouth are preserved. There is no need to whittle down a portion of neighboring teeth to make rooms for crowns, as is the case for abutment teeth that hold pontics in place within a conventional bridge. Implant-supported teeth are designed like natural teeth that haven’t been marred by decay. So, like real teeth, implant systems are made up of parts:
- The implant – Shaped like a cylinder, dental implants are placed in the jaw. They are made from a biocompatible material that joins the surrounding bone as part of a natural process (“osseointegration”). Once the implant is integrated into the jawbone, it functions as a root to hold the tooth in place.
- The replacement tooth – Depending on your needs, implants may be used to support a single tooth, a few teeth, many teeth, or a mouthful of replacement teeth. Since these artificial teeth are held in place by implants in the jaw that function like natural tooth roots, you don’t have to worry about dentures that slip when you eat, laugh, or speak. Your new teeth aren’t going anywhere! Designed like natural teeth, you take care of implant-supported bridges with the typical consistent brushing, flossing, and visits to our office. No specialized floss threaders are needed to clean implant-supported bridges.
Notably, one of the greatest benefits of implant systems is their ability to keep your bone strong. Just like with your muscles, if you do not use the bone in your jaw (via functions such as grinding and mashing food), you lose it. Every time you chew food, the energy from that action is transferred through the tooth down into the jaw due to the connection between your artificial teeth and the implant. Conventional dentures and bridges do not have that “root” in the jawbone. So, they cannot transfer the energy required to keep your bone strong from the overlying tooth to the underlying jaw.
Dr. Scola looks forward to providing more details about your options for tooth replacement. Serving Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Sun City, and Canyon Lake and neighboring communities, Scola Family Dentistry of Murrieta, CA, welcomes your call. Phone (951) 692-4221 to schedule an appointment.