Dental implants are the most effective and efficient treatment for tooth lossWhether you’ve lost a tooth or you’ve lost teeth, implant dentistry is the healthiest treatment. Other forms of tooth replacement treatment only replace the crown of your tooth, neglecting the health of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth the jawbone that ‘holds’ the bone in place starts to atrophy. This happens as soon as you lose a tooth. The sooner you replace a missing tooth the better it is for your oral health. The longer you leave the gap the more the bone atrophies and this can—over a considerable period of time—lead to further tooth loss. Once this jawbone atrophies it does not grow back. The only thing that can be done is either bone grafting or bone augmentation surgery to give you adequate jawbone for implant dentistry. If you are wondering if it would be easier to just get dentures instead, think about this: without a tooth root, artificial or not, to support your jawbone, the bone will atrophy. It’s why you may have noticed people with dentures/missing teeth have that sunken appearance.
Dental implant treatment at Curtis Couch D.D.SAt our Thousand Oaks dental practice we offer a range of dental treatments to give you the best results. From cosmetic to restorative we can help you achieve a healthy, natural-looking smile. When you visit Curtis Couch D.D.S for your initial consultation, your oral health will be assessed and we will discuss with you the nature of implant dentistry. The treatment takes between 4 to 6 months. The length of treatment depends on a number of factors. For instance:
- Where the implant is placed. If it’s placed in the upper jaw it will take longer than if it’s placed in the lower jaw.
- State of your oral health.
- State of your general health.
- Your body’s natural ability to heal.
- If you are a smoker. This can adversely affect treatment time, because smoking does affect your body’s natural ability to heal.