At some point in their lives, most Americans will lose at least one permanent tooth. But thanks to dental implants, you can find a sturdy tooth replacement at California Oral Surgery in Stockton, CA. Call the office today to schedule a dental implant consultation or book your appointment conveniently online.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone. Because the small titanium post is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics such as crowns and even dentures. They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments at California Oral Surgery. At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant. Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the California Oral Surgery team, in Stockton, can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.
At your next visit, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it. The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic and sedation is offered if you choose. It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your crown or dentures.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are an excellent choice to consider when replacing one or more teeth. Unlike many prosthetic options, dental implants are designed to function like natural teeth. This means that there are no big changes to get used to.
You will protect your oral health. It is very common to see a reduction of bone density in your jaw when you are missing a tooth or teeth. This is because teeth help in the stimulation and regrowth of new bone cells because as they grow old, they die. If you were to replace those teeth with dentures or a bridge there will be no stimulation and your jaw bone could become weak. This causes problems with your existing teeth such as spreading or some may even fall out. You can avoid this with dental implants as they fix to the jaw and provide the needed stimulation.
Dental implants can be easily cleaned and maintained. Just follow the same routine as you would if they were natural teeth. Brush them twice a day with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste and floss at least once. You won’t have to worry about them decaying but cleaning is important to avoid gum disease. This is far simpler than learning the cleaning routines used to maintain dentures and you won’t have to worry about using any glues.
One of the greatest benefits that you will experience with dental implants is when eating. Because they are fixed into your jaw bone they won’t slip around or come out while eating, even while eating crispier foods. You will also appreciate how they look. In fact, no one will be able to know the difference between them and natural teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants have two very important components, the screw, and the crown. The screw that fixes into your jaw bone is made of titanium. Titanium has unique properties that make it ideal for dental implants. It is strong and fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. The crown is made of porcelain, a strong material that has the color of natural teeth.