Causes for Concern with Impacted Teeth

causes for concern with impacted teeth

Impacted teeth are those that cannot erupt properly into their place in the mouth. They are typically stuck in the process of eruption. In children, these teeth can be anywhere, but they typically show up in adults’ third molar position, known as wisdom teeth. Also commonly impacted is the maxillary cuspid, or upper eyetooth, closer to the front of your bite.

We have all heard about wisdom teeth; we all know most of us need to have them removed. But why? What is the reason we cannot live forever with impacted teeth in our mouths? Why can they not erupt properly? Especially when it comes to wisdom teeth that hide in the back of the mouth, what is the risk of keeping them? We have all the answers:

What can impacted teeth do to your bite?

Imagine inviting another person to a table with the optimal amount of seats around it. The rest of the group has to shuffle, some staggering back and forth, to make room for the extra chair. The same is true of your teeth. If an extra tooth is trying to erupt without enough space, it can cause crowding of your other teeth, which can appear to be overlapping or protruding. This crowding can undo years of orthodontic work if you do not treat the condition as soon as you notice the problem.

How do impacted teeth affect your jaw and oral health?

Pain, pressure and the risk of infection can all have an effect not only on the impacted tooth itself but on your overall oral health as well. Your gums are at risk of redness, tenderness, swelling and bleeding. You may even contract oral infections just by leaving an impacted tooth untreated, which may cause serious complications for your overall health.

How can you detect an impacted tooth?

While you may be lucky and have your dentist or oral hygienist catch the impacted tooth during your semi-annual appointment, it is important to notice these clear signs that something is off with your oral health. The following are common symptoms of tooth impaction:

  • Gums that are swollen, tender or bleeding
  • Swelling or pain around your jaw
  • Halitosis (bad breath) or a consistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Issues with jaw mobility or TMJ complications

Can impacted teeth be dangerous?

Contrary to popular belief, a dental emergency is not only an extreme like a knocked out tooth or broken jaw. A dental emergency can be an infection that needs immediate attention but may not be immediately apparent.

Impacted teeth can cause infections like perisoronitis if the tooth partially erupts and then becomes inflamed (usually by food). This condition can cause infection that affects your health beyond your teeth.

Crowding caused by an erupted impacted tooth not only puts you at risk for further orthodontic work. Overcrowding can eventually lead to tooth decay and affect your bite, causing you to struggle with chewing and speaking. Because your teeth can shift so quickly, it is important to treat your impacted teeth immediately.

How can we help?

At the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we are lucky to have Dr. Elias, Los Angeles’ leading oral maxillofacial surgeon, who is known for the excellent care he takes of his patients. While most people hate seeing a dentist, Dr. Elias makes it easy to care for your oral health, as he is gentle, informative and precise in his treatments. If you are suffering from an impacted tooth, please feel free to call us today to schedule a consultation. Our staff would be happy to answer any of your questions.

The Southern California Center for Surgical Arts: (818) 696-4425.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Improve Recovery Times

prp treatments improve recovery

One of the hardest parts about committing to cosmetic or oral/maxillofacial surgery is considering the recovery process and time. It can often take months for you to feel like yourself again and to be able to perform daily tasks and physical activity to your full capacity. Giving yourself the time and opportunity to heal is the most important part of your recovery, but how great would it be if we could speed up the process and make it easier on your body?

 

We are happy to say, it is possible! If you are not familiar with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments, it’s time to learn!

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma is a natural healer and exactly what it sounds like: plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than exists in our bodies naturally. When you choose to be treated with PRP, your own blood will be used. After you have supplied your blood, it is taken and treated so that the concentrated plasma can be separated from red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma. The processed plasma is then PRP, which can be used for many medical procedures, but can also expedite your healing process immensely.

How does PRP affect my body?

Why does PRP help to speed up healing? PRP contains proteins and growth factors that help wounded bone and tissue to regenerate and heal much more quickly. Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is one of these elements, which can help during a dental implant procedure or jaw surgery when bone regeneration is necessary for your results. When you factor PRP into the healing of a surgical incision, the same is true. Rather than allowing your body to use its stored blood and normally-concentrated plasma to clot and heal a wound, it can be a long process. However, including PRP in the site of the wound is like bringing a group of people to help you move: more hands means the job gets done much more quickly! Plus, because PRP is rich in nutrients needed specifically for healing, they act like a professional healing crew, getting the job done effectively and swiftly!

PRP can be used for facial rejuvenation, facial injection of PRP, either alone or in combination with facial fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, it rejuvenates the skin with growth factors and improves facial lines.

PRP can be injected into any joint to help with reducing pain and discomfort and speed up healing of inflamed joints, whether for knees, hips or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

What are some benefits to choosing PRP?

When considering PRP treatments for your next surgery, it is important to know why you would go through the process or what some advantages you can expect might be:

  • Safety first! Because PRP uses your own blood, you do not have to worry about foreign chemicals or healing agents being injected into your body. It is just like optimizing your blood for efficient healing!
  • Fast and easy: PRP used to be exclusively offered in hospitals and in emergency situations. However, with the ease of acquiring the technology and tools needed, you can now have PRP made in your doctor’s office at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts! Your next surgery just got a little easier.
  • Recovery time, accelerated: With PRP, the accuracy with which your body regenerates tissue and the speed at which you heal is tremendously improved. There is less worry about an abundance of scar tissue and more time for you to spend pain-free.

If you would like to learn more about PRP and how it can help speed the recovery of your next surgery, call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today, and learn more about Los Angeles’ favorite surgery center: 818-696-4425.

Snap, Crackle, Pop: Sounds Your Jaw Should NOT Make


Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (commonly known as TMD, TMJ or TMJD) is a broad term describing a number of symptoms that could be affecting the health of your temporomandibular joint. This joint acts like a hinge to connect your jaw to your temporal bones (just in front of each ear). Speaking, eating, yawning, open-mouthed laughing and basically any other function that requires opening your mouth is controlled by the TM joint, so you can imagine any difficulty with this particular part of the body could complicate your daily life.

I’m sure you have experienced at least one friend in your lifetime approaching you and asking if you can hear the strange noises coming from a part of their body. Some crack their knuckles, broken bones may leave residual damage in the form of snapping noises and more people than you may think they hear popping when opening and closing their mouth. These people making you listen as they mimic a gnawing motion may be suffering from TMD.

Why me?

There are many causes for TMD, some may be due to genetics, but many are based on habits you may have developed over time. Often enough, there is no explanation for how someone may have developed TMD. The most common causes of these disorders include the following:

  • Arthritis in the TM joint, typically arising based on family history with arthritis
  • Grinding your teeth or clenching your mouth, putting pressure on your jaw and causing the joint to become weak
  • Jaw injury or whiplash
  • Stress-induced jaw clenching or tightening of the facial muscles
  • Shifting of the soft cushion between the ball and socket of the TM joint

How do I know if I have TMD?

Symptoms of TMD may range, but the reason this particular joint disorder is so important to treat is because these symptoms may be chronic and may dramatically affect your quality of life.

If you experience any pain, discomfort or clicking, popping or grating noises when you open and/or close your mouth, you may be suffering from TMD. The following are other common symptoms of the disorder:

  • Pain or struggle when opening your mouth wide
  • Pain in your face, neck, shoulders, jaw, or cheeks when you open your mouth wide
  • Aching or tired feeling in your face
  • Difficulty or discomfort biting or chewing foods; this may not be painful all of the time, but you might feel as though your upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned
  • Swelling in your cheeks
  • Aching in your teeth, ears or head/neck
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Any combination of the above symptoms

Treatment Options

In most cases, TMD is treated without surgery. Your diagnosis and the severity of your disorder, including whether it is coupled with further jaw damage, will determine your treatment options. Therapy via bite guards, physical therapy or counseling are common in treating TMD and training your jaw against the habits it has formed.

If further medical attention is required, your doctor may suggest arthrocentesis (needle therapy to release fluids and remove inflammation), injections to relax the jaw muscles or surgery. Surgery for TMD may call for joint replacement, and therefore is not recommended in every case. If you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your jaw, it may be TMD, but it may be a sign of jaw misalignment or a need for wisdom tooth removal. Dr. Elias at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts can help you by diagnosing your condition and working with you to come up with a viable treatment plan. Plus, he is Los Angeles’ favorite oral & maxillofacial surgeon! Call our offices today if you have any questions, or to book your consultation: (818) 696-4425.

Jaw-Dropping Corrective Surgery


Jaw misalignment can be traumatic both physically and psychologically for children and adults alike. In most cases of under bites, over bites and other misalignment, children are born with these conditions and have to suffer being bullied and having improper jaw function for years. Corrective jaw surgery (Orthognathic surgery) is designed to restructure the shape of the jaw and bring it back into alignment, allowing for not only an aesthetic improvement, but also functional.

The Pain is Real!

Patients with jaw misalignment experience side affects that can be very painful and harmful for their oral health. Jaw bones may be rubbing against each other, clenching and grinding during sleep is very common, speech is often compromised and bullying for looking different than others is rampant. By choosing corrective jaw surgery, you not only set yourself up for success with correct jaw function and pain relief, most patients leave with a newfound confidence in the way they look and feel.

Am I a Candidate?

The following symptoms may make you a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty breathing through the mouth
  • Shifted jaw to the left or right
  • Cleft palate
  • Difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Strained speech
  • Protruding jaw
  • Chronic jaw pain or locking (TMJ)
  • Open bite, overbite or under bite
  • Facial or jaw asymmetry

While many patients experience jaw misalignment as a result of a birth defect, trauma may also cause the above symptoms and require surgery. Physical violence, athletic injuries to the face and, often, accidental falls may cause the jaw to break or fall out of its proper alignment. It is important, especially in these cases, to seek treatment immediately, before your oral health is seriously compromised.

What happens before the surgery?

Orthodontic treatment will be initiated by your orthodontist to align your teeth within your upper and lower jaw, your bite will looks slightly worse initially in anticipation of the final correction with jaw surgery, orthodontic treatment will continue after the jaw surgery to perfect the alignment of the teeth with the new jaws position, in some instances orthodontic treatment can be done after jaw surgery. Orthodontic treatment can be done with either braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign.

Dr. Elias will plan your surgery in collaboration with your orthodontist, Dr. Elias uses virtual surgical planning and 3D printed models of your jaws and facial skeleton to plan your surgery and design the movements to achieve the best aesthetic and functional outcome.

What Happens During Surgery?

Jaw surgery is really cool, because the entire procedure is done within the mouth. This means no scarring externally! No need to worry about bullying from jaw misalignment being transferred to a lifelong scar. Once recovery is over, patients finally experience normality when it comes to oral health, function and appearance.

Corrective jaw surgery typically requires a 1-2 day stay in the hospital and a strenuous recovery following, because eating will be a challenge for several weeks. During surgery, incisions are made in the actual jawbones to displace them from their current misalignment. They will be realigned and secured with screws for healing. Some patients require bone grafting to fill in gaps in the new alignment.

Recovery: Your Final Push

Following your surgery, you will be unable to chew solid food and speech will be very strained and minimal. Swelling will inhibit much of your mouth’s function, but it is important to continue to nourish your body with either broth-based soups or smoothies containing protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

The healing process typically takes 3-6 weeks at home, depending on your overall health, the care you take of yourself and your body’s reaction to surgery. It is important to follow all of the after-care instructions given by your surgeon to ensure a quick and easy recovery.

Dr. Elias of the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts has successfully treated many happy patients for jaw misalignment. If you are suffering jaw misalignment and are interested in learning about what corrective jaw surgery can do for you, call us at (818) 696-4425. You will be able to schedule a diagnostic consultation with a full evaluation by Dr. Elias, who will determine the best course of action for your surgery.

Some Wisdom Teeth Wisdom


We have all seen someone who has just gotten their wisdom teeth removed, and what we most associate with this procedure are the “chipmunk cheeks” and temporary liquid diet our friends have had to endure. How many of us actually know what wisdom teeth are and why this surgery is so popular and important? It turns out, very few!

Most of our patients who come in for wisdom tooth removal are unaware of the reasons these teeth are not welcome in our mouths! If you have been told you need your wisdom teeth removed, it is important to know why. Keep yourself informed and maybe boost your excitement (or willingness) for the procedure with this breakdown of wisdom teeth wisdom.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are simply impacted third molars. An impacted tooth is one that is unable to erupt, or fully grow through the gum. For most of us, this impaction is caused by a lack of space in the mouth for this tooth to fully grow in. Therefore, as the molar begins to attempt to erupt, it may cause pressure on the adjacent teeth and begin to shift your bite. Many patients experience soreness, crowding causing the front teeth to protrude, misaligned bite or even infection and cysts in more extreme cases. This is why it is so important to have your wisdom teeth removed before they cause major damage to your mouth.

Because wisdom teeth are the furthest back in the mouth and the last adult teeth to form, they can have a great affect on your already formed bite, especially if braces have already been used to correct your arch. The cost of re-correcting damage that wisdom teeth cause to your now-perfect smile is not ideal, and the sooner these teeth are removed, the better you can preserve the shape of your bite.

What Can I Expect From Surgery?

Wisdom tooth removal surgery is very common, and Dr. Elias has performed them countless times, but it is still important to know that this is a surgical procedure and safety is your number one priority through the entire process.

When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Elias will perform a full examination to determine how he will approach the surgery. Then, he will explain everything to you, the process, the anesthesia and the costs associated. He wants you to feel completely comfortable with your surgery.

Dr. Elias will discuss with you the anesthesia options for the surgery, some surgeries can be performed under local anesthesia, others will need to be performed under deep sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes 45-60 minutes, after which you are free to go home with a parent or trusted adult. As you may know from experience with friends and family, you will experience swelling, pain and soreness over the next few days, but it is important to follow after-care instructions to alleviate these symptoms. We insist that you follow the directions Dr. Elias gives you and not take advice from friends and family, as every mouth is different, and he will be able to guide you to treating your unique case with care.

Possibly Your Most Burning Question…

Why are wisdom teeth called wisdom teeth? Well, because they typically grow between your mid-teenage years and mid-twenties, they are often associated with attaining wisdom, hence wisdom teeth. Doctors have a sense of humor too, you know!

If you have been advised by your dentist or your orthodontist to have your wisdom teeth removed or are experiencing soreness in your jaw or bite shifting, contact the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule a consultation for your procedure: (818) 696-4425.

Time to Smile: Teeth in One Hour


Looking for a faster, easier way to obtain a full mouth of replacement teeth? Teeth in an hour might be the right solution for you. This procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced implant techniques to give you the teeth you have been wanting with less time in the dentist’s chair and a shorter recovery period. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer the revolutionary teeth in an hour to qualifying patients, giving them another option.

What is Teeth in One Hour?

Teeth in one hour is a special technique developed by Nobel Biocare. The procedure allows for the placement of a dental implant within one hour, instead of taking the usual 4-9 months to complete the process. Teeth in one hour utilizes computer imaging and other advanced techniques to provide both accuracy and safety with much less pain than other types of implant procedures.

Candidates for Teeth in One Hour

The best candidates for teeth in one hour will be those requiring a full mouth of teeth that have good bone quantity and a healthy jaw. The procedure cannot be performed on patients with an infection or on those that will be having extraction and implants performed in the same procedure. The patient must be able to open his mouth a certain amount in order to allow for the procedure to be performed properly.

About the Procedure

Teeth in one hour begin with a CT scan to provide a 3-dimensional image of your jaw structure. That image is then used to create the customized stent and teeth that will be placed into your jaw at your one appointment. Two weeks are generally required between the CT scan and your appointment to place the stent.

At your appointment, the implant bridge will be placed into the jaw in the precise location to give you the best aesthetic result and tooth function. Surgical sites are created for the placement of the implant bridge using the surgical guide that ensures accuracy of the placement. No sutures are needed and patients generally experience less swelling and discomfort than they do with other types of implant procedures.

Benefits of Teeth in one hour

There are numerous advantages of teeth in one hour versus other methods of implant surgery:

  • Implants can be placed in a single, brief doctor’s appointment
  • No need for incisions or sutures during the procedure
  • Teeth are customized to fit the patient’s mouth for a natural look
  • Patient enjoys immediate function of the new teeth
  • Patient experiences less swelling, bruising and post-operative discomfort
  • Patients can resume normal activities like eating by the day after surgery

The teeth in one-hour technique is only available at a select number of practices to date. The procedure is offered by Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, giving our Los Angeles area patients another option in safe and comfortable dental enhancement. If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Elias can provide you with a full evaluation at your consultation to determine whether teeth in one hour is a viable solution for you.

Missing teeth can do more than create a cosmetic embarrassment – the problem can actually affect your ability to eat and speak. Teeth in one hour can correct the problem, giving you beautiful, functional teeth. To learn more about this revolutionary procedure, contact Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425.

The Effects of Sleep Apnea


Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way you breathe while you are asleep. Throughout the night, you may have pauses in your breathing that can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. These episodes may repeat 30 times or more during an hour, preventing you from getting the full night of rest you need and possible raising your risk for a host of other medical conditions. The good news is sleep apnea can be effectively managed today, giving sufferers the complete rest they need and lowering their risk for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

 

Causes of Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the back of the throat relax, allowing your airway to close. This prevents adequate air from getting into the lungs, which in turn can lower the oxygen level in your blood. The brain will sense that the body is not getting sufficient oxygen and wake you up so you can take a deep breath and replenish the oxygen levels in the body. Most people do not realize they actually wake up throughout the night because the periods are so brief. However, the process can take its toll, with daytime drowsiness affecting many aspects of your life.

 

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

 

Sleep apnea is not something that is easily detected during a medical examination or even with a blood test. Most people don’t know they have the condition since it only occurs during sleep. However, there are common signs of the condition that can be further assessed once they are identified. These signs include:

 

  • Loud snoring followed by abrupt wakening, often with a grunt or gasp
  • Breathing cessation witnessed by another person during the night
  • Waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat or headache
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability or difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty staying asleep at night or restless sleep

 

Health Risks

 

Sleep apnea can increase your risk for a host of additional medical conditions, including:

 

  • Heart problems and heart attack
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome

 

Treatment Options

 

While there is no “cure” for sleep apnea, the condition can be effectively managed to help you get better sleep and lower your risk for some of these health conditions. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, some of our treatment options for sleep apnea include:

 

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – This device places a mask over the nose at night to deliver air pressure to your nose. Because the pressure offered by the CPAP is slightly higher than the pressure in the surrounding air, the airways are kept open throughout the night.

 

Surgery – A surgical plan can be designed to address the level of obstruction of the upper airway and severity of sleep apnea.

 

Nasal septoplasty and inferior turbinoplasty address the obstruction in the nasal airways, and improves compliance with CPAP machine use.

 

The uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP) and the laser-assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP) to remove excess tissue from the back of the throat and effectively expand the airway. We can also use radiofrequency energy to tighten the soft palate. These procedures, which are usually performed on an outpatient basis using light IV sedation, are very effective at eliminating nighttime snoring.

 

Maxillomandibular advancement surgery (MMA) is reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower jaws, both lower and upper jaws are advanced forward to create more airway space and can potentially eliminate sleep apnea.

 

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can increase your risk for other medical problems if left unchecked. To learn more about sleep apnea or the treatment options available, contact Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425.

Preventing Oral Cancer


While we cannot all necessarily prevent cancer from happening, with most cancers, including oral, head and neck cancers, there are things that you can do (or not do!) to reduce your risk.

  • Quit Smoking: After five years of quitting smoking, your risk of oral cancer is cut down to just half of that of a smoker.
  • Limit Alcohol: Excessive alcohol use is the second largest risk factor for oral cancer. Limit drinks to one per day for women and two per day for men.
  • HPV Vaccine: HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer (the back of the mouth and throat). HPV is also responsible for a small number of oral cavity cancers (the mouth).
  • Self-Exams: Be an advocate for your own health by regularly examining your mouth with a mirror and flashlight. Don’t forget to look under the tongue! Watch for unusual bumps, patches, different coloring, and report any to us that don’t heal within 14 days. Feel your lips, cheeks, throat and neck for unusual bumps and masses. There are a number of online guides for performing a thorough at home oral cancer self-exam.
  • Have Regular Checkups: Oral health professionals such as dentists and oral surgeons are the second line of defense (after you) in terms of screening for oral cancers. Be sure to ask us any questions that come up during your exam.
  • Eat Well: A healthy diet includes plentiful vegetables and fruits, is low in sugar and saturated fats, and includes lean sources of protein and whole grains. Incorporate new foods into your diet slowly for long lasting results.
  • Exercise: Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day or more!
  • Get Adequate Sleep and Minimize Stress: A lack of sleep and stress both contribute to inflammation which has long been recognized as a player in the cancer game.

Dental Implants: What’s All The Hype?


These days, we all know someone who has a dental implant, and you have probably heard us champion these teeth substitutes, as they become more and more the common cure for missing teeth!

But why?

We think that’s a valid question and it deserves a good answer!

Bone Loss
Any oral health professional will tell you that living with a missing tooth can have negative consequences that go well below the gum line. The problem doesn’t stop at the single tooth that goes missing. The jawbone also suffers. When there is not a tooth set in the jawbone offering regular stimulation, you lose bone mass in that area. That loss of jawbone contributes to a decline in facial aesthetics as the jaw shrinks away. The loss of jawbone also means that when you do have an implant later in life, you will likely require extensive bone grafting prior to the implant procedure. Traditional tooth “replacement” methods such as dentures and bridges do not solve the problem of bone loss.

In contrast, dental implants eliminate these problems and encourage a healthy, strong and adequate jaw by integrating with it (also known as: osseointegration). The implant then provides regular stimulation (as you chew food), and keeps the jawbone in proper health.

Lifestyle and Diet
Most people with dentures report that in addition to living in fear of their dentures falling out in social settings, they also must live with a restricted diet, unable to enjoy the foods that they previously ate. This same restricted diet goes for those with wobbly bridges and crowns as well. More often than not, those restricted foods are some of the healthiest ones, such as crunchy, fibrous fruits and vegetables.

Dental implants look and feel nearly identical to your regular teeth, and are second only to your natural teeth when it comes to form and function. Dental implants allow you to eat and live freely with a healthy diet and without fear. In addition to that, dental implants have a 98% success rate and can often last you for a lifetime!

6 Reasons for Considering Dental Implants


Loss of permanent teeth is more common than you’d think. The average adult age 20-34 is missing 1 permanent tooth, the average adult age 35-49 is missing 3 permanent teeth, and the average adult over the age of 50 is missing 6 permanent teeth! There are a variety of different tooth replacement options, but we believe that dental implants offer the most success, with the best aesthetics and functionality. Take a look at just a few of the many benefits of dental implants!

  1. Long-lasting. Dental implants are designed to be the permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental bridges last 5-10 years and crowns last 10-15 years, but dental implants can last 20 years, even a lifetime with proper dental care, making them a cost-efficient alternative to other modes of tooth replacement.
  2. No cavities. Because they are made of titanium, dental implants are not subject to decay. They also don’t put stress on other teeth, which helps avoid tooth erosion.
  3. Like natural teeth. Dental implants are natural-looking and fully functional. Unlike dentures, which are bulky and removable, cause sores and require the application of adhesive, dental implants are comfortable, permanent fixtures that don’t interfere with eating or speaking. And, because pressure is applied to the jaw bone when you bite down on dental implants, chewing with dental implants doesn’t feel any different from chewing with your natural teeth.
  4. Preserve jaw bone. Without a tooth to support, the jaw bone begins to atrophy, and this bone degradation makes the replacement of missing teeth nearly impossible without the help of jaw regenerative procedures such as bone grafting.
  5. Appearance. Your teeth play an important role in supporting your facial structure. Missing teeth can cause your features to sag and your face to lose shape, which tends to have an aging effect. Replacing missing teeth works wonders for improving your appearance and helping you look younger.
  6. Tooth stability. When you’re missing a tooth, your surrounding teeth are no longer stabilized and they start to shift out of position. Dental implants secure teeth in place and, as a result, prevent severe problems such as periodontal disease and further tooth loss.

Schedule a consultation with us if you’re ready to transform your smile!