Dental Implants: 101

 

DENTAL SCHOOL 101: IMPLANTS

A smile shouldn’t  be riddled with gaps.  Have you lost a tooth? Need an extraction? For years patients have been limited to dentures or bridges for missing teeth, but dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred option by both doctors and patients.

 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted into the jawbone below your gums. Think of them as replacement tooth roots — instead of just filling the space, implants are as sturdy as your real teeth! Once the implant is placed, a crown is fitted to the post, resulting in a replacement that looks natural and near-indistinguishable from the original tooth.

 

Are Implants Right for You?

Whether you only have a single missing tooth or need a full mouth restoration, implants are an excellent option for many patients. To be a successful implant candidate you must have good health, proper bone structure and healthy gums; otherwise, the implant may not stay in place. At your first appointment, the doctor will evaluate your overall oral health and determine if there are any individual considerations as they can vary from patient to patient.

 

There are many advantages to dental implants over dentures and bridges. Because implants are surgically-anchored into your jawbone, they won’t slip or shift in your mouth like dentures, which can causes chafing and other discomfort. Ordinary bridges need to be attached to adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth, which can compromise the integrity of healthy tooth structure. In some cases, bridges and dentures have also been known to cause recession of the gum tissue.

                                                                                                                                           

Implants are also fairly low maintenance after the initial procedure. They’re just like your regular teeth — if you brush and floss every day, and keep current on your hygiene appointments, your implant should last a lifetime!

 

Procedure

 

 

 

Healing Time

Every patient heals differently and the implant process is generally a long one.  After the implant and posts are surgically placed, full healing can take up to six months, at which point the replacement tooth is fitted and your mouth will heal for another two months. In all, the process can take up to nine months; however, often a patient with decent bone quality and good oral health can have their posts and crowns fitted in one appointment.

 

 

More Questions?

Schedule an implant consultation with one of our doctors today! We have four offices all conveniently located in the East Bay of Northern CA. Our patients (prospective and returning) are all welcome to book appointments online or call!

 


- Jasmine  Marketing Coordinator, Old Oakland Office 

- Eileen  Human Resources Manager , Total Health Dental Care 

- Millie  Marketing Manager,  Total Health Dental Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article

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