Are you missing a tooth? Are you embarrassed to smile? Dental implants may be the ideal solution for you. Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that look and function just like natural teeth.
If a patient has lost a tooth or multiple teeth, they may want to consider dental implants as a permanent solution to restore functionality and appearance to their smile.
Dental implants are tooth root replacements that are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as sturdy anchors for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Made of biocompatible materials such as titanium, dental implants fuse with the surrounding bone tissue over time, creating a strong and durable bond. One of the key advantages of dental implants is their ability to prevent further bone loss in the jaw, which can occur when there is no tooth root present to stimulate growth. This not only improves oral health but also helps preserve facial structure and appearance. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime, making them an excellent long-term investment in your oral health and overall well-being.
Dental Implants - Procedure
The procedure to place dental implants is a relatively routine surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, the dentist will place small implants in the jaw at precise locations determined by their plan for your treatment. After the implants are placed, patients will rest and recover while they fuse to the bone over a few months. Once fusion is complete, the patient will return to the office, where the implant will be restored with their new tooth crown. The entire process can take several months to complete from start to finish due to the healing of the surgical site as well as the time for the dental implant to fuse with the bone.
While the cost of dental implants may be higher upfront than other options, they offer the unique benefit of being a permanent solution to tooth loss. As a result, patients who choose dental implants often avoid the need to revisit their dentist in the future for additional procedures and replacements. Additionally, they can improve the appearance of a smile by filling in gaps between teeth and acting as placeholders for dentures that can keep them held firmly in place throughout the day.
During a consultation at our practice, we will examine your smile so that we can recommend the best tooth replacement option for your needs.
To have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shirley Zao, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (925) 847-8790, and we will be happy to help.