Losing teeth is frustrating enough, but when it leads to bone loss, it feels even worse. You may be considering dentures or bridgework to replace your lost teeth, but we want you to know that you have other options as well. Dr. Andres F. Herrera is an oral surgeon who treats missing teeth in Salinas, CA, and he often recommends dental implant surgery as a long-lasting alternative to dentures and bridgework.

The Problem With Dentures and Bridgework

For years, dentures and bridgework have been the most commonly used replacements for tooth loss. They are certainly helpful for restoring some degree of function to the smile because they make it easier to speak and eat as normal; however, they literally do not fix the root of the problem.

Chewing places a great deal of pressure on your teeth, and that pressure is absorbed by your tooth roots. This pressure response promotes the continual growth of tissue in the surrounding areas. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root of that tooth. Dentures and bridgework do not have root components, so they do not address the need for tissue regeneration. With nothing to promote tissue regeneration, bone loss occurs over time.

How Implants Can Help

Dental implants restore tooth function from crown to root. During dental implant surgery, Dr. Herrera will place a titanium screw into your jaw bone. This screw will eventually fuse with your gums and jaw, and it will encourage tissue growth just as your tooth root once did. Once the screw is in place, Dr. Herrera will attach an abutment and crown to it. Before long, you will be able to chew, speak, and smile as usual, without having to worry about bone loss.

Call Us Today

For many people, a single dental implant will last a lifetime. If you are interested in dental implant surgery and want to learn more, give True Bite Oral Surgery and Implant Center a call. We can set you up with an appointment and tell you if implants are right for you.