Dental implants are a natural-looking replacement tooth option, whether you’re missing one or all of your adult teeth. The team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery, in Alameda, California, provide customized dental implants to restore your smile and protect your oral health. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that your surgeon places directly into your jaw. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, a crown, and an abutment to connect them.
Your surgeon implants the post in your jaw where it acts as a tooth root, both supporting the rest of the device and stimulating healthy bone growth in your jaw. Dental implant posts are made of titanium because it is biocompatible. This means the metal can bond with your bone in a process called osseointegration to create a stable foundation.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a wide range of benefits. One of the risks associated with tooth loss is bone loss in your jaw, which can lead to further tooth loss as well as changes to your facial face and structure. Dental implants reduce that risk by stimulating bone development in your jaw.
Additionally, once your implant is in place, it looks just like a natural tooth, and no one will know you have a false tooth. The crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth and to fit into your mouth precisely.
Dental implants are also resistant to staining and decay. You still need to keep them clean and take care of your gums to protect your overall oral health.
How should I take care of a dental implant?
You take care of dental implants just like natural teeth — brush twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day. Even if you replace all of your teeth with dental implants, you still need to have routine dental checkups so your dentist can monitor your gums and overall oral health.
If you’re missing a tooth or several teeth, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or make an appointment online today to find out if dental implants are the right way for you to replace your missing teeth.