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What Are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are a recent development in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the visible part of the tooth (or crown) and the part below the gum line (the root). A dental implant is an artificial replacement for both of these parts of the tooth. A dental implant is an artificial root, usually made of titanium, which is surgically fitted into your jaw and used to support an artificial crown.

Dental implants are a great alternative to other restoration options. Fixed bridges have to rely on surrounding teeth for strength, and have to be replaced every 7 to 10 years. Removable partials and dentures are not permanent, can be uncomfortable, and have even been known to cause bone loss. Dental implants offer a more durable and long-lasting solution to restore or enhance your smile. A dental implant fuses to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, providing a sturdier and more durable support for the crown affixed to it. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime, with only periodic maintenance visits to retighten the implant!




Dental Implants Are A Great Alternative for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry



Significant tooth loss also affects the ability to eat effectively which causes further problems. Inadequate nutrition and depression are two symptoms that are commonly seen in patients who are not happy with their missing teeth and cannot function appropriately. Dental implants are the first step in filling in the areas of the mouth where facial tissue have begun to sink in. They are extremely successful and are often the ideal solution for a number of dental conditions.

There are multiple varieties of dental implants available, so procedures will vary, but the dental implant process generally requires multiple visits over a time period of several months. During the initial visit, your periodontist will take x-rays and impressions to determine the gum tissue, bone, and spacing available for the implant, as well as to determine the shape of the crown that will be fixed to the implant.






After the implant is surgically placed, the jawbone is given time to heal. Over a period of up to 6 months, the implant will integrate into the jawbone and become sturdy enough to support a crown and handle regular wear. Once your new crown is in place, your periodontist will provide you with care instructions designed to prolong the life of your implant and crown.

If you are interested in further details, please call us at (408) 371-7616 for more information about Extractions.
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