Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants
Short-Term Effects of Tooth Loss
Long-Term Effects of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss also has a more hidden effect. The teeth are responsible for helping to maintain a strong, healthy jaw. The teeth stimulate the bone every time you chew. This stimulation triggers the body to send essential nutrients to your jaw. When you lose your teeth, the stimulation lessens, causing fewer nutrients to be sent. The jaw gradually begins to weaken and change shape. This can cause any remaining healthy teeth to shift out of alignment, which can lead to other serious issues.
The Dental Implants Solution
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing you with an alternative solution to bridges and dentures. This treatment uses posts made from titanium, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The posts are integrated into the jaw through a process called osseointegration. This is the process in which your bone fuses gradually to the posts as you heal, stabilizing them in your jaw.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used in some different situations. This versatile treatment can be used to replace a single tooth or many teeth. To meet your specific needs, there are several different types of implants, including:
Dental Implant Procedure
To get dental implants, you need to undergo a surgical procedure. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Small incisions in the gums expose your jawbone underneath. Holes are drilled into the bone, and we place the posts directly inside. The surgical wounds are stitched closed around the posts, with just a small amount of each post left exposed. Temporary teeth are placed, and you go home to heal.
Healing after surgery varies from patient to patient. It takes several weeks to several months to completely recover. As you heal, the bone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. Regular follow up visits allow us to monitor your progress and make sure there are no complications. Once you have fully healed, we then begin the process of creating your final crowns. This process takes two appointments. The first appointment involves taking impressions of your mouth, which are sent to our dental lab, where the teeth are designed and created. The second appointment occurs after the crowns are finished, and they are screwed securely into place on the posts.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth that offer a variety of benefits over traditional treatments. Call Waterford Dental Group today to schedule your consultation and find out if this revolutionary treatment is the right option for you at General: (925) 621-0078 / Ortho: (925)621-0080 / Pediatrics: (925) 621-0082.