More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one adult tooth.
If you’re one of them and considering your replacement teeth options, talk to our expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology in Fairfield, California about implant dentistry.
Dental implants are a durable, natural-looking tooth-replacement option.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!
Dental Implants in Fairfield, California
Having a missing tooth may seem like simply an aesthetic issue, but there are significant health-related implications that may come from it. Dental implants are a popular choice for restoring teeth, and give patients long-lasting results. Dental implants come with many benefits, and give patients teeth that not only look amazing, but function exactly like natural teeth. For patients that are tired of looking at broken, missing, or cracked teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are similar to artificial tooth roots and are anchored to the jaw bone. A dental implant includes three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The dental implant is a specialized screw that bonds to the jaw through a process called osseointegration, in which the bone fuses to the implant itself, creating a base of support for artificial teeth or crowns. Once the implant is healed, an abutment or connector is placed on top to hold the crown in place. A crown is an artificial tooth that is designed to sit on top of the abutment and replace a missing tooth. The crown is custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth so that the new tooth blends seamlessly with your natural smile.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON OVERALL HEALTH?
Dental implants have numerous benefits to both the appearance of your smile and your overall health. Once placed, implants function and appear just as a natural tooth would, blending seamlessly with your smile. They are a permanent and durable solution to missing teeth, designed to last a lifetime when properly cared for, and do not have to be removed to be cleaned as is the case with other types of restorations. With dental implants, you will be able to enjoy the foods you love comfortably without any slipping and clicking that can come with dentures or bridges.
Implants also have significant implications on overall oral health, preventing bone loss and actually stimulating new bone growth. When a gap is left where there is a missing tooth, the jawbone in the area begins to deteriorate rapidly, leading to significant bone loss. Getting an implant placed as soon as possible helps to prevent bone loss and reduce the need to have bone grafting. With missing teeth, your ability to chew and speak properly can be affected significantly, but by having dental implants placed, you will regain your chewing strength and any related speech issues will be remedied. Overall, dental implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
To ensure that our patients understand the process for having a dental implant placed, below we have provided a detailed explanation below of what to expect.
Consultation & Treatment Plan
During the consultation, your dental and medical history will be gathered and imaging will be done to allow the doctor to get a thorough understanding of your health. With this information, we will create a customized plan for treatment that fits with your goals for the aesthetics of your smile, your health, and your budget.
Following the consultation, your tooth will be extracted from your mouth if it is necessary. In some cases the implant can be placed immediately, and for other patients bone grafting may need to be done prior to implant placement.
When there is not enough bone to hold an implant in place, a bone graft can be done to build up additional bone in the area. If bone grafting is necessary, the area will need to heal for several months prior to the implant being placed.
Dental Implant Surgery
You will be placed under anesthesia for the implant surgery. During the procedure, a ceramic implant will be placed into the jawbone. Here at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, we are proud to offer ceramic implants as a superior alternative to traditional titanium implants.
Following the healing period of three months, an abutment will be placed on the top of the implant to allow for a crown to be attached to the implant. Once this is complete, you will have a sturdy and natural-looking tooth that will last you for years to come!