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?
There are many great benefits to replacing natural teeth with dental implants. In general, the transition from natural teeth is easier because they imitate natural teeth. So you can continue in life as if you still have your natural teeth.
Your oral health will benefit from dental implants particularly the jaw bone. When you lose natural teeth, that area of the jaw bone can weaken. This is because your jaw bone needs the stimulation of the tooth to renew bone cells as older cells age and die. Dentures and bridges do not provide the stimulation needed to do this leading to a weaker jaw bone. This can then cause other problems with your existing teeth such as separating or further tooth loss. Dental implants eliminate this problem as the titanium roots give the jaw bone the needed stimulation to renew old bone cells.
Dental implants offer comfort like no other option. You won’t need to worry about them falling out or slipping while you eat or speak. They are also very natural looking so you won’t need to hide your smile. They will never decay and last far longer than other prosthetic tooth options.
If you would like to enjoy the benefits that dental implants can bring then call the California Oral and Facial Surgery office or book an appointment online.
HOW DO I GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants can take a few months to install from the initial consultation to the end. Considering the benefits though, they are well worth the wait. During your first appointment, the surgeon at California Oral and Facial Surgery will take X-rays and scans to check the density of your jaw bone and answer any questions you might have. It may be necessary to have a bone graft if your jaw bone is not strong enough.
Next, once the surgeon is happy with the bone density of your jaw, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone. A hole is drilled in the jaw bone and a titanium screw will be placed into the hole. Then the opening in your gums will be stitched shut. After about three to six months your implant will be fully fused to your jawbone.
Once the stabilizing process has finished, you’ll return to the office for your prosthetic – usually a crown or dentures – to be screwed into place. Once this step has been completed, the process is complete and you can start enjoying the many benefits that dental implants bring.
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.