If you are missing a tooth or teeth and are looking for a permanent prosthetic solution, consider dental implants. The dentists at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry, with offices in San Leandro and Castro Valley, California, have many years of experience in restoring their patients’ smiles with dental implants. You can call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about this method of replacing lost adult teeth.
Dental implants are prosthetic replacement teeth. A dental implant includes a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone and acts as an artificial root for crowns or denture attachments. Many patients prefer dental implants to traditional dentures because they are more comfortable and easy to maintain.
The dental implant post is made of medical-grade titanium. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that your body accepts it easily. In addition to supporting a crown, the post also provides stimulation to your jawbone to promote health bone growth and support the soft tissues of your mouth.
When possible, the dentists complete your installation in just one visit, but in many cases, you’ll need two or three visits to the dentist for your dental implants to be installed. First, assuming that your jaw is strong and healthy enough to support implants, your dentist will implant the titanium posts in your jaw. He will also take a mold of your mouth, which he will use to create custom crowns to top your implants.
After implantation, you may need to wait for a few weeks while your jaw heals and the posts bond with your jawbone to provide a stable base for the prosthetic tooth. At your next visit, your dentist will fit your crowns onto the posts. He’ll check your bite to make sure the fit is correct and will buff and polish the crowns until they shine like natural teeth.
You may prefer dental implants to dentures or other prosthetic tooth options because they offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. With proper care, you won’t need to replace them, which is likely with dentures and bridges. You also will care for your implants just like natural teeth with twice daily brushing and flossing. You won’t need to mess around with adhesives and special cleansers either. Dental implants are easier to get used to as they look and feel just like natural teeth, especially since you can’t remove them like dentures or bridges.