It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.
First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.
A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.
Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.
If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide sedation dentistry, and treatment for conditions like sleep apnea. Make an appointment with us today.