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Dr. Ariz Los Angeles DentistIs it possible that dental implants are actually better than our natural teeth? Though surprising, in many ways the answer is yes. Generally speaking, we always want to save natural teeth that have become damaged. There are circumstances, however, when removing the infected tooth and replacing it with an implant may be the better option.

Due to the materials that comprise dental implants, and the ways they function within our mouths, often they can help us maintain good oral health.

Implants Don’t Decay

Advanced tooth decay is one of the most common reasons a tooth needs an overhaul such as a root canal, build-up, and cap. Most teeth can be successfully treated. The problem is that the root of the tooth is still susceptible to decay in the future. This is especially true when a patient has poor teeth, eats excessive sugar, has dry mouth due to other medical conditions, or is more genetically inclined to tooth decay as a result of specific bacteria present in their mouth.

The dental crown on top of a dental implant is not vulnerable to acidic attack by oral bacteria. The origin of dental implants is surgical grade titanium that’s been fused (osseointegration) into the jaw bone. It’s also not vulnerable to acidic attack.

Implants Help Bone Density

Tooth loss does not only create gaps in our smile but can really hurt our surrounding teeth. The jawbone requires stimulation to retain it’s shape and density, and the regular movement of teeth supports it to replenish itself. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone can lose its stability, causing teeth to change, affecting even that shape of our cheeks.

An infected tooth may also result in the presence of bacteria that attack the bone around the teeth.

When infected teeth are removed, the jawbone can begin to heal. Since dental implants mimic the tooth root, the jawbone will receive the stimulation it needs to begin regenerating itself.

Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Dental implants have two main elements: (1) Surgical-grade Titanium, and (2) High-Quality Porcelain. When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Studies around 30 years in length have shown up to a 100% survival rate for implants. Other large studies show that more than 90 percent of implants last more than 20 years.

Are You a Candidate For Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implants require minor oral surgery, and candidates must be in good general health. The best way to determine whether dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation. By thoroughly discussing your history, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that specifically fits your needs.