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?
Dental implants look just like natural teeth once they’re in place. Dental implants are also extremely durable and can last a lifetime with correct care. And taking care of them is simple. It’s just like taking care of your natural teeth. You simply brush at least twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once.
Dental implants are also the only prosthetic tooth option that stimulates your jaw to prevent bone loss and preserve your face shape as well as a firm foundation for your other remaining teeth.
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.