Having missing teeth should not stop you from achieving your best smile. Whether you are missing a single tooth or several, it is our goal to get you looking and feeling great again.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Ontiveros has used dental implants to treat patients with missing teeth, giving remarkable results. Dr. Ontiveros studied and received his training directly under the late Dr. Carl Misch - considered to be one of the pioneers in dental implantology.
We will create a treatment plan specific to your needs to restore your smile and ensure you are satisfied with the results.
Having missing teeth can affect your self-confidence, smile and how you interact with other people. Even if your missing tooth is not visible, how you chew and enjoy food is affected - without a fully functional set of teeth, eating becomes more difficult, often impossible, which can lead to digestive problems and malnutrition. The surrounding teeth also tend to shift towards the gap, affecting your bite and leading to other problems or pain.
Missing teeth do not cause cosmetic problems only!
When you lose your teeth, the surrounding bone in your jaw that supports your teeth begins to deteriorate. This happens because teeth help strengthen the bone through chewing, without this constant stimulation the bone weakens. Unfortunately, this type of bone loss is a normal and inevitable process that occurs when the bone is no longer supporting or connected to teeth.
As tooth loss increases, so does bone loss - even with the loss of a single tooth. Your teeth and the surrounding bones that support them, also support your facial features. The longer that teeth have been missing, the greater the bone loss. When facial structures lose support, the entire face begins to collapse, making you look older than you are.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth and can be used to fully restore your smile in the most natural way possible. They can be used to replace a single tooth, group, or entire set of teeth. Implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth - they are the only method of tooth replacement that can halt bone loss and will help you maintain your jawbone’s shape and density. Having an implant will also make eating, chewing, smiling and talking look and feel completely natural.
There are three components to dental implants: a titanium post, an abutment and the crown.
Titanium has the unique ability to fuse with bone and deliver the stimulation that your natural teeth once provided. A small titanium post is used to replace the root part of your missing tooth - it is positioned inside the jaw bone just as natural tooth roots are and is not visible once surgically placed.
An abutment is then placed, it is the connecting piece attached to the titanium post and the crown.
The crown is a life-like synthetic tooth-looking part capping the abutment, this is the part of the teeth seen in the mouth.