Dental Implants in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, CA
If you have gaps in your smile, it could affect more than just your appearance and self-confidence. Gaps can cause your teeth to shift and your jawbone to atrophy, causing issues with your bite and even causing sagging facial skin or premature aging in some cases. Luckily, your Cros Dental dentists, serving the Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert area, can help you fill in your gaps to look and feel great with dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root, permanently anchoring into the jawbone underneath your gap to integrate into your smile. Their design and permanence set them apart from traditional tooth replacement options like bridges or dentures. An implant has three main parts: a fixture, an abutment, and a prosthetic. Your dentist implants the fixture directly into the jawbone, allowing the bone to grow around the fixture as the implant site heals to hold it in place. The prosthetic is made from porcelain and looks like a natural tooth. It fits over the fixture to replace the missing tooth. The abutment holds these two parts together and allows your dentist to remove or replace the prosthetic if need be.
How can my dentist help my smile?
The dental staff at Cros Dental are experts in providing their patients with compassionate, professional care. This empathetic approach to dentistry allows your dentists to ensure that patients feel as though their questions are met with friendly and knowledgeable answers and that your dental procedures are the best, most state-of-the-art treatments available. Together with your dentist, you can find the best course of treatment for your smile, whether you need a dental implant to replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth.
What are the advantages of implants?
Dental implants offer several benefits that other replacement options don't, including:
- No Jawbone Loss: Your teeth roots constantly stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong. When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath begins to recede. Since dental implants take the place of your roots, you don't have to worry about jawbone loss.
- Better Chewing: Because dentures rest on top of your gums, they don't offer the biting power that implants do. If you choose dentures to replace lost teeth, you may not be able to eat certain hard foods. Eating isn't a problem with dental implants.
- Easy Care: You'll care for your implants the same way you do your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing around the implant is essential to prevent an infection that can threaten the health of your dental implant. Luckily, infections are rare if you practice good oral hygiene.
If you think you could benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist will help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to clean them as you would your own teeth. Simple brushing and flossing paired with regular dental examinations and cleanings is plenty to keep your smile healthy and clean for the long haul.