Jeff L. DiMariano, DDS
General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Arden Arcade, Sacramento, CA
Missing teeth can affect your appearance, self-esteem, and the proper functioning of your smile. With high-quality dental implants, Jeff DiMariano, DDS, can fill in those empty spaces and make your smile beautiful and healthy again. Discover the benefits of dental implants today by scheduling an appointment with Dr. DiMariano at his state-of-the-art clinic in Sacramento, California. You can book your visit by calling the office and speaking with one of the team members or by using the convenient online scheduling tool.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots inserted in your jawbone. Once in place, they fuse with your bone tissue and provide a foundation and support for a prosthetic tooth cap, like a crown, or multiple prosthetic teeth, like a bridge or dentures.
What are the benefits of replacing my missing teeth?
There are several benefits to replacing your missing teeth, including:
- Enhanced appearance
- Improved ability to speak
- Easier time chewing your food and digesting
- Evenly distribute the force in your bite
Filling in the holes in your smile also helps keep the rest of your teeth aligned. When you’re missing a tooth, your remaining teeth are susceptible to shifting and drifting towards the empty spaces in your smile.
How do dental implants differ from a bridge or dentures?
It’s easy to confuse dental implants with bridges and dentures since all three are options to replace missing teeth, but there are a few key differences that distinguish dental implants from bridges and dentures.
First, dental implants are connected directly to your jawbone, unlike bridges and dentures, which replace your teeth with prosthetics that rest on top of your gums.
Because bridges and dentures don’t connect to your jawbone, they leave that area of your jaw understimulated, which can lead to bone loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, keep your bone tissue healthy and protected against bone loss.
Another key difference is that dental implants replace your missing tooth or teeth while keeping the rest of your smile intact. A bridge is supported by the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, so to affix it to your mouth, your dentist needs to remove some enamel from those teeth.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is connected directly to your jawbone, so you don’t have to alter any of your natural tooth structures to make it work.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
To get dental implants, you need to have healthy gums and substantial bone tissue in your jaw. If you have gum disease, Dr. DiMariano will need to treat it with periodontics services before you can consider dental implants.
If you don’t have enough bone tissue in your jaw, Dr. DiMariano might recommend a bone graft to give your dental implants a more robust foundation to anchor into.
To determine whether dental implants are for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. DiMariano today by calling the office or booking online.