More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one adult tooth. If you’re one of them and considering your replacement tooth options, talk to the team of expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, in Fairfield, California, about dental implants. Dental implants are a durable, natural-looking tooth replacement option. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are false teeth made of a medical-grade titanium post, a dental crown, and an abutment that connects the two pieces. Your oral surgeon implants the titanium post directly into your jaw where it functions just like a natural tooth root. Not only does it support the visible portion of your “tooth,” but it also stimulates healthy bone development in your jaw.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
You will not be disappointed with the benefits that dental implants have over the other types of teeth replacement options. Dental implants mimic real teeth and so having them restore many of the benefits that you enjoyed whilst you had your natural teeth.
To begin with, you’re going to protect your oral health. Bone density can quickly diminish without teeth. This is because the teeth and the roots provide needed stimulation to the jaw bone to encourage the replacement of old bone cells. Dentures or bridges cannot offer this stimulation and so bone density will diminish over time. A weaker jaw bone can then cause problems with the positioning of your existing teeth and some may be at risk of falling out. This is not the case with dental implants. The fixture in the jaw bone provides the needed stimulation to regrow and maintain bone density.
Another advantage is that dental implants are easy to maintain. Unlike dentures, there are no special cleaning fluids or routines and you don’t need to worry about glue. The implants are fixed and never need to be taken out. Cleaning them is just the same as cleaning natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste and floss at least once a day. The implants are not susceptible to decay but good cleaning routines will help prevent gum disease.
You are going to be more comfortable using dental implants. They fit just like real teeth and you will have no fear of them slipping out or breaking. Plus they look so natural that they can restore your confidence in your smile.
If you would like to enjoy the benefits that dental implants can bring then call the Fairfield Oral Surgery office or book an appointment online.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS FOR GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants usually require several appointments. During your initial consultation, your oral surgeon examines your teeth and jaw and takes dental X-rays and bone scans. They need to see that your jaw is strong enough to support an implant. If your jaw is deteriorating or showing signs of weakness, your surgeon may recommend a bone graft to strengthen your jaw before starting the implantation process.
When your surgeon is satisfied that your jaw can support an implant, they begin the implantation process. The first step is to surgically implant the titanium posts in your jaw. While the implantation surgery is relatively quick, you wait several months to allow the post to bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
During the next step, your surgeon attaches the abutments and takes images and impressions of your surrounding teeth and the abutment. Those details are used to custom-make a crown to fit in with your remaining natural teeth.
The final step is to attach the crown, check your bite and alignment, and buff the crown until it shines like a natural tooth.
If you’re missing a tooth or several teeth, contact Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology today to find out if dental implants are right for you.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants consist of three parts. The foundation is a titanium screw. Titanium has been discovered to bond well with human bone in a process called osseointegration. There is an abutment that connects the post with a crown. Like most other crowns, they are usually made of porcelain or another hard tooth-colored material.