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Replace Missing Teeth and Restore Your Complete Smile

More than three-quarters of the adult population end up losing at least one natural tooth by the time they reach 44 years of age. If you have missing teeth, you aren’t alone! Modern advancements in dentistry can aid in replacing any number of missing teeth: Dental implants. Dental implants are a wildly versatile solution and do much more than just restore teeth; dental implants can improve the health of the mouth and jaw as well.

While there is now more than one tooth replacement option on the market, partial dentures and fixed bridges have noticeable disadvantages as partial dentures rest on the gums and can cause bone deterioration over time and fixed bridges require grinding down adjacent teeth, which can cause ongoing tooth damage. Dental implants, however, are fused directly into the jaw bone and are highly successful. A permanent tooth replacement procedure such as dental implants with Dr. Keith Chertok in Berkeley, CA can restore your smile.

Dentures VS Dental Implants in Berkeley, CA

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Dental Implants

Dental implants, composed of titanium, offer remarkable benefits due to their natural compatibility with the body. Titanium easily fuses with the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the implant. These implants can effectively replace one or multiple teeth, offering a versatile solution for tooth restoration. With their long-term success, implants generally do not require replacement and can be maintained like natural teeth. They play a vital role in preserving the jaw bone by stimulating it in a manner similar to real teeth, effectively preventing jaw bone loss.

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Dentures

Traditional dentures are composed of acrylic, cast metal, and plastic, which can potentially irritate the gum tissue due to their non-compatible material composition. One major drawback is their instability, as dentures are not securely fixed in place and can easily move, leading to difficulties in chewing and speaking. They are typically used as a solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. However, dentures require regular refitting and eventual replacement as the patient ages and the jawbone undergoes deterioration. Since dentures rest on top of the gums and do not stimulate the jawbone, they can contribute to bone loss over time.

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Modern Solutions to Halt Jawbone Loss

Your teeth are important to overall oral health and when you have missing teeth, you increase the risk of further jawbone loss. When teeth become lost, they lose their root stimulation that normally occurs you chew or bite together. Missing teeth from a tooth extraction can cause some degree of bone loss. An estimated 69% of adults in their late 30s and mid-40s have lost at least one tooth to tooth decay, oral trauma, or gum disease. By the time many of these adults reach their 70s, they have lost all their natural teeth and may need more extensive tooth replacement procedures. Dental implants can be installed to combat these issues.

Dentures and fixed bridges are viable options for tooth replacement but come with complications. Dentures can move around easily and make clicking sounds when eating or speaking. They can also cause discomfort and rub against the gums. Over time, they can lead to bone loss. Fixed bridges require grinding down nearby teeth, which can result in oral health issues in the future. Dental implants are a better alternative that solves these issues.

Dental implants are an attractive solution for replacing missing teeth because the titanium implant is fused directly into the jawbone and provides a very secure fit. Dental implants also function just like your natural teeth by stimulating the jawbone when you chew food and thereby help to prevent bone loss.

The Proof Is in our Patients

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Secure Your Smile with Dental Implants

Patients who have removable dentures often end up trading them for dental implants to achieve better results. Tooth implants are designed to look and function just like natural teeth and eliminate many of the complications associated with dentures. You can improve your quality of life and feel more confident when you smile with dental implants.

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