Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
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.