Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St #300 Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 848-4247

Dr. Moretta provides a full range of dental services using high-tech equipment...

Five Questions You Need to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting Dental Implants

5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting Dental Implants

Why Should I Get a Dental Implant?

The loss of one or more teeth can cause several health risks. The teeth around the hole usually change their position to occupy the space left by the dental absence. People who have lost a tooth also usually have bite problems, gum issues and an increased risk of tooth decay, due to poor oral hygiene.

But the main drawback of a dental absence is the cosmetic impact it causes to the self-esteem of the patient. In a society that worships beauty, a "chipped" smile is associated with low socio-economic status.


What Is the Difference Between a Dental Implant and a Dental Bridge?

The difference is in the osseointegration. The implants cling to the bone of the patient's jaw just like the roots of natural teeth. This characteristic marks the difference between dental implants and a removable prosthesis, (which adhere to the gum) and dental bridges, which are attached to the adjacent teeth and placed over the hole.

Osseointegration allows the patient to eat, laugh and talk totally normally, having no fear of the prosthesis moving or falling off. In fact, many patients tend to forget they even have a dental implant.


What Advantages Do Dental Implants Have?

It is a conservative procedure: It is not necessary to cut or adapt the teeth adjacent to the tooth to be replaced. This technique prevents subsequent injuries.

The implant can be placed on any patient: It is only necessary to check the oral health status to rule out any cavities or other diseases. In case there are, they must be eliminated before the procedure. Dental implants are not recommended to those people who suffer from bone disease or that are being treated with drugs that may affect this area.

Dental implants avoid chewing problems and teeth movement: When one tooth is missing, the rest of the teeth will try to reposition to cover the gap. On the other hand, if the bone does not receive the stimulus produced by the tooth when chewing, the bone will lose its natural thickness and height.

The implant increases the patient's self-esteem. Not only does your smile improve, but your quality of life improves, as well.


Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?

Dental implants do not need special care. The care of the implant is the same as that of a normal tooth. Therefore, you have to brush twice a day to avoid tartar and cavities. It is also necessary to schedule periodic visits with your Huntington Beach dentist to check both your oral health and to ensure the dental implants last forever.


What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

The placement of an implant to replace a lost tooth is a very simple and safe technique. The implant is like a screw that must be inserted into the base of the gum in the maxillofacial bone through surgery. This "screw" will act as the new root of the tooth through total integration with the bone. This integration between the implant and the bone will take about four to six months to complete.

Once the correct bonding between the bone and the implant is confirmed, a pillar or base will be placed so that the new dental piece grips and won’t move. The new tooth is made to measure. Your Huntington Beach dentist will take the measurements of the hole and color data of the original tooth so that the appearance of the new one is identical to the others. The dental piece will be cemented and screwed to the implant.

If you are currently interested in getting more information about dental implants, feel free to contact our Huntington Beach office and schedule your appointment at (714) 848-4247.

Location: 18652 Florida St #300, Huntington Beach, CA 92648


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