Restorative Dentistry in Pleasant Hill
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, innovative restorations now offer a number of immediate and long-term benefits for patients facing tooth loss or extraction. In particular, dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, allowing patients to permanently regain their dental function and oral health without compromising the function of surrounding teeth or oral structures. To help patients achieve their ideal smile, Pleasant Hill dentist Dr. Kevin Dowd
offers dental implant restoration as a comprehensive solution to missing or extracted teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
Unlike traditional restorations, dental implants are a versatile solution that can be applied to varying levels of tooth loss. In the case of a patient missing a localized tooth, a single dental implant may be used while multiple implants may be utilized to support existing full arch restorations, such as dentures or partial dentures.
Overall, replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth with a fixed and highly functional restoration often leaves patients with a greater chance at retaining their overall oral health while restoring total dental function. As implants are self-supportive and do not require adjacent teeth for support, dental implant restorations do not compromise neighboring teeth, further preserving the overall health of your smile.
In addition to preserving healthy natural teeth, dental implants also help preserve the structure of the jaw bone. When a tooth falls out or is extracted due to severe damage, patients may begin to experience jaw bone degeneration. If left untreated, this can lead to additional tooth loss as well as compromise the integrity of the bone structure, causing patients to age prematurely as the bone loses its strength and structure. As dental implants are designed to mimic the natural tooth structure, the surgical placement of the implant into the bone helps encourage healthy bone regeneration to prevent further bone deterioration and provide a sturdy support for the restoration and surrounding natural teeth.
Receiving Dental Implants
The process of receiving implant restorations is accomplished over the course of several visits. First, the implant post is placed into the jaw bone during a minor surgical procedure. During the recovery period, the post fuses to the jaw bone through the process of osseointegration, essentially becoming part of the jaw bone. Once the bone has successfully adhered to the implant, patients receive their final restoration. Given the versatile use of dental implants, restorations can vary from a single crown to the attachment of an entire overdenture.
Our Pleasant Hill dental office is proud to offer a wide range of dental implant restorations as a long-term, economically-savvy solution to missing teeth. For patients considering full mouth rehabilitation, Dr. Dowd often collaborates with local oral surgeons to ensure all dental needs are comprehensively addressed through a multi-faceted treatment plan.
Visit Us Today
If you are considering your restoration options, call Kevin T. Dowd, DDS today to schedule your restorative treatment consultation. Our Pleasant Hill dentist can help you identify a treatment plan that addresses all of your dental needs.