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Missing teeth and
loose dentures make too many people sit on the sidelines and
let life pass them by. However, today’s modern treatment
plans can replace everything from a single missing tooth to
a completely missing arch. Implants are natural root forms
which are placed in the jaw, similar to a natural tooth.
The implant is allowed to heal and a tooth support is
attached to the implant. Finally a new tooth-like crown is
in place. It is
the most natural looking and feeling option to replace a
missing tooth. Implants may replace single missing teeth,
multiple missing teeth, or help support the replacement of
all missing teeth.
Traditional treatment options for tooth
replacement, Crown & Bridge and full or partial dentures,
address the short-term cosmetic problem of missing teeth,
but do nothing to stop bone loss. Crown & Bridge also
requires that two or more healthy teeth be ground down to
serve as abutments (posts) for a bridge, leaving them at a
much greater risk for cavities and possible root canal
treatment. If the original abutment teeth fail, more healthy
teeth must be sacrificed to serve as posts, while you
continue to lose bone beneath the bridge.
With implants, however, the healthy teeth are
left alone. Dental implants, like natural teeth, also
transmit chewing forces to the jawbone, which reduces bone
loss. This is why many leading dental organizations now
recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth
replacement. To find out more, Please contact our office.
Dr. Rodney K. Jones, DDS
1213 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena CA 91104