Dental Implants
in Modesto

The Entire Implant Process Under One Roof

At Downey Park Family Dentistry, Dr. Acree offers end-to-end implant dentistry in Modesto. We can handle the entire implant planning, placement, and restoration process in-house under one roof, providing you with the highest-quality dental care. Implants are the best long-term option for replacing missing teeth. Book a consultation today to learn more about this permanent replacement option.

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Implants vs.
Bridges & Dentures

Compared to bridges and dentures, implants are a superior way to replace missing teeth. Implants help support the health of your jaw bone and prevent bone loss, unlike these alternatives. In addition, dental implants never move or shift in your mouth. They are easier to care for, and look and feel more natural. Implants also last much longer than dentures or bridges.

Benefits of
Dental Implants

Dental implants have a number of unique benefits that make them our preferred method of smile restoration at Downey Park Family Dentistry. Unlike all other options for tooth replacement, dental implants bond to your natural jaw and act as an artificial tooth root. Here are a few more benefits to consider:

Strengthen Jaw Bone

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that support and stimulate the underlying jaw bone. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about bone loss, which is a common complication after losing one or more teeth.

Long-Lasting

Dental implants last 30+ years with proper care, which is longer than any other method of smile restoration, including bridges and dentures. In fact, many patients will keep their dental implant for the rest of their lives once it is placed.

Natural Look & Feel

Your implant from our Modesto office will look and feel completely natural. It will never move or shift while you eat or speak, and you can clean it just like you would clean one of your other teeth. You will feel comfortable and confident about your smile!

What Happens If I Don’t Replace A Missing Tooth?

The implant process does require a significant investment of time and money. So you may be wondering what will happen if you choose not to replace your missing tooth right away.

What effects can this have? Is it okay to wait to replace your missing tooth? Here are a few of the common things that will happen if you lose a tooth and don’t get a replacement from Dr. Corey Acree at Downey Park Family Dentistry.

Self-consciousness about your appearance – Losing one or more teeth, particularly front teeth, can make you feel bad about how you look. Tooth loss negatively affects your appearance and how others perceive you. You may feel judged for missing your teeth, and this could even cause issues in your personal life or your professional life, depending on your situation.

Difficulty eating certain foods – Losing a few front teeth, for example, could make it harder to bite into an apple, carrot, or other such tough and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Or, if you lose a few rear molars, you may have difficulties chewing and grinding tough foods like jerky or steak. If you don’t replace your missing teeth, you’ll definitely have to adjust your diet.

Problems speaking clearly – This is mostly a problem if you’re missing one or two of your front teeth. Your tongue pushes against your teeth to make a lot of different sounds, and if you’re missing a few teeth, you may sound “slushy,” or like you have a lisp. You may have more difficulties making yourself understood, or you may feel self-conscious about the way you speak after you lose a tooth.

Teeth shifting – Teeth shifting happens when you lose a tooth and the nearby teeth try to shift toward it in an attempt to fill up the new gap in your smile. This is a natural response to tooth loss, but when your teeth move around, this can cause problems with your bite position and make your teeth crooked. This is particularly undesirable if you’ve invested in orthodontics in the past to correct your bite and the alignment of your teeth.

Bone resorption – This is a health issue that can only be treated with dental implants. When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone below your tooth will no longer be stimulated by the pressure of chewing and biting. In turn, this causes the jaw bone to weaken and become thinner.

Dental implants can prevent this. They are surgically placed directly into the jaw. This means that, just like natural teeth, they stimulate and support your jaw bone, and stop it from getting weaker after tooth loss. Other treatments like partial dentures and dental bridges don’t have the same effect, since they simply rest on top of your mouth rather than being surgically implanted into the jaw. 

For all of these reasons, we highly recommend that you replace your missing tooth as soon as you can after you’ve had it extracted. Dr. Corey Acree in Modesto can discuss your options in more detail and help you understand which treatments may be right for you, so contact us for a consultation now. 

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