Dental implants are an excellent prosthetic option to replace missing teeth. The team at Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, provides natural-looking dental implants to restore your smile and support healthy bone development in your jaw. Call or schedule an appointment online today to find out if dental implants are right for you.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Oral surgeons have been using dental implants to replace missing adult teeth for over 30 years. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that looks and acts just like a natural tooth. An implant includes a titanium post that your oral surgeon places in your jaw, a dental crown that’s custom-made to match your remaining natural teeth, and an abutment that attaches the two pieces.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits. One of the most important advantages is that dental implants provide a natural-looking and feeling smile. Each dental implant is custom-made to match your remaining natural teeth. They’re also extremely durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Additionally, the titanium post acts as a tooth root. Not only does it support the rest of the implant, but the post also stimulates healthy bone growth and development in your jaw. This helps your jaw remain a sturdy foundation for the rest of your teeth and maintains your facial shape and structure.
Dental implants are also easy to maintain. You simply brush and floss them like your regular teeth. While implants are resistant to decay, you still need to have routine dental exams so your dentist can monitor the health of your gums, jaw, and any remaining natural teeth.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS OF GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
There are several stages in the dental implant process. Your first step is a consultation and exam. Your surgeon takes X-rays to ensure your jaw is strong enough to support a dental implant. If necessary, they can provide a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone.
When your surgeon is satisfied that your jaw can support implants, they begin the implantation process. Your surgeon implants the titanium posts into your jaw during an outpatient procedure. Then, you wait for your implants to bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
After approximately six months, you have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check your implants and apply the abutments. At this point, your surgeon refers you back to your regular dentist for your crown fitting.
If you’re interested in dental implants call Pinole Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.