Dental Implants

If one or more of your teeth are missing or damaged, you may want to look into dental implants. Great advances have been made in implant technology; it’s never been easier or more cost effective for patients to get dental implants. Due to the nature and design of the implants, they look and feel like natural teeth. Only a dentist may distinguish the difference between the implants and your other teeth.

There are several benefits to dental implants:

  • Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are integrated into the bone, so they do not slide, click, or shift while talking and eating.
  • Implants stimulate the jaw bone, thus preventing bone deterioration and preserving facial structure.
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution that usually involves only one surgical procedure in the office.
  • Patients can smile with confidence, knowing their teeth look natural and they are able to eat virtually anything.

dental-implants-santa-claritaDental Implants are titanium posts that replace natural tooth roots and support prosthetic teeth (crowns, bridges). The implants are placed in the bone under your gums. During a healing period, the bone grows around the implant. Then, a replacement tooth (crown) is made and attached to the implant giving you a restoration that is very much like your natural tooth. Implants can also be used to secure bridges and dentures when more than one tooth is missing.

Dental implants may improve overall appearance, replace dentures and make chewing easier. The amount of dental work that needs to be done will determine how long the dental implant procedure will take and how many visits to the dentist will be required.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Before you talk to your dentist about receiving a dental implant, there are a few considerations… Patients must have both a healthy bone density and a strong immune system. Otherwise, the dental implants will not successfully take root in your mouth. In addition, the procedure is usually not covered by insurance.

While strict oral hygiene is important for anyone, those with dental implants need to be even more diligent than the average person. Since dental implants are not living tissue, they will not last a lifetime, but it’s possible to increase their longevity with proper dental care.

Call our office today to schedule a consultation and answer any questions you may have about dental implants.