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Is a smile gap harmful or just unsightly? Actually, it's both. Missing teeth affect your self-confidence, degrade your gum tissue and jaw bone and weaken teeth adjacent to the empty space. Fix your smile gaps once and for all with innovative dental implants from Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA. An expert in a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, Dr. Hamrick-Stotts fixes damaged smiles, improving oral health and smile aesthetics.
What is a dental implant?
It's a complete prosthetic tooth, replacing the missing root and entire tooth structure above the gum line. The artificial root is composed of biocompatible titanium, a natural metal which human bone adheres to with amazing tenacity and strength. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and it forms a solid foundation for the rest of the implant: a metal alloy post and custom-made porcelain crown.
Can everyone receive dental implants?
Most people can, but Dr. Hamrick-Stotts will determine your candidacy through complete examination, X-rays, and a CT scan. If you have good oral health and sufficient bone in your jaw, you likely can receive dental implants. Even individuals who have significant tooth loss--are missing an entire arch of teeth, for instance--can undergo dental implant treatment. Also, if a patient has insufficient bone density, the dentist can augment it with specialized procedures which create a solid foundation for the implants.
The implant process
Osseointegration does take time. So, you'll receive your dental implant in stages:
- Insertion of the titanium screw into the jaw (this is an in-office procedure needing just local anesthetic)
- Healing time which encompasses many weeks or even months
- Bonding on a metal extension post and porcelain crown
To ensure a dental implant site stays healthy, Dr. Hamrick-Stotts asks her patients to carefully brush and floss twice a day and to see her every six months for a check-up and cleaning. Also, implant recipients who smoke should see their physicians about a supervised tobacco cessation program.
The research about how long dental implants last may surprise you. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) states that if an implant is properly inserted, heals well and is kept free of plaque and tartar, it should last indefinitely--even the rest of your life. Also, the AAID maintains that this reliable tooth replacement steadily grows in popularity in the US--by about half a million implants annually.
Learn more in Redlands
Dr. Hamrick-Stotts and her dedicated team will be happy to show you if dental implants could close your gaps and give you an amazing and long-lasting smile. For a personal consultation at her Redlands, CA, office, please call (909) 793-9711.
Even with all of the advancements in dentistry over the last few decades, an alarming number of American adults over the age of 30 (close to half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are missing at least one tooth. Millions of adults are living with complete tooth loss. Even the loss of a single tooth can affect your appearance, ability to eat and speak clearly, and have a negative impact on your self esteem and quality of life. Tooth loss may be an inevitable part of life in some cases, but living without teeth is optional. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, a dentist in Redlands, CA, recommends dental implants for adults looking for the closest restoration to a natural tooth.
Dental Implants in Redlands, CA
Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces the entire structure of a lost tooth (root and crown). The roots may not be visible when we chew our food or smile, but they play an important part in the stability and overall health of our teeth and gums. When a tooth falls out, the bone tissue that surrounds it begins to erode. Implants help to prevent bone loss and promote growth of healthy new bone tissue. They also help to securely anchor the crown in place for a stable, comfortable fit.
How Dental Implants Work
In order to qualify, you must be an adult in good health, and with enough remaining bone density in the gums to support an implant. In the first step, Dr. Hamrick-Stotts will surgically place the implant, which is shaped like a small screw and made of biocompatible titanium. As the implant heals, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. After it has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached. Implants can be used to replace just one tooth or several. They can even be used to secure a set of dentures, with just a few implants. With good oral hygiene and regular follow-up care with your dentist, implants have a very high success rate.
Find a Dentist in Redlands, CA
Tooth loss does not have to be the end of a beautiful, healthy smile. To learn more about dental implants and to find out if they are the right option for you, contact our office by calling (909) 793-9711 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamrick-Stotts today.