Encinitas, Carlsbad, and San Diego
If you are missing a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted, you may be a candidate for a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium post or rod that is precisely placed in your jaw bone to replace the root of your tooth. The titanium implant integrates to your bone. After integration, a final restoration is made to restore the tooth to natural form and function.
Advantages of dental implants
As an alternative to a bridge or a removable partial, a dental implant will restore one or more missing teeth without weakening the surrounding teeth. Bridges and partials rely on the adjacent teeth for support. Over time they can damage them. Implants may also be used to support a full denture increasing their retention and stability.
Tooth loss can result in bone loss and gum shrinkage. This may cause premature aging. Replacement of missing teeth will help to maintain a youthful appearance.
Dental implants can last your lifetime as long as you maintain good oral hygiene. You will brush and floss the implant teeth just like the rest of your teeth. You can continue to eat your favorite foods.
If you know that you are going to lose a tooth you can plan for implant dentistry in advance. Implants can also be used to replace congenitally missing teeth, or teeth that have been missing for years. Dr. Walsh-Cole will refer you to a surgeon to place the implant itself. After healing she will complete the implant with the needed restoration.
Dental Implant Questions
If you are interested in tooth implants, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Walsh-Cole.
Mary A. Walsh-Cole, DMD
285 N. El Camino Real, Suite 216