Dentures and dental bridges aren’t your only options for replacing missing teeth. For a more permanent solution, Min Soo Han, DDS, places dental implants at SmileOne Dentistry in Upland, California. A dental implant replaces the root of your missing tooth to secure your new prosthetic tooth. They’re extremely durable and can last for decades with proper care. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call SmileOne Dentistry or book an appointment online now.
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed into your jaw to support your new prosthetic teeth. They replace your tooth roots where you are missing a natural tooth and provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Compared to alternative replacement options, dental implants are the closest you can come to the look, fit, and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants offer many benefits for replacing your missing teeth, including:
A missing tooth can change the way you talk. It can even lead to increased saliva production or a lisp when you speak. Dental implants restore your smile and maintain your natural speech patterns.
It’s difficult to chew with a missing tooth, and removable dentures don’t always correct this issue. Poor-fitting dentures can irritate and inflame your gums, causing painful chewing. Dental implants don’t sit on top of your gums like dentures, so it doesn’t hurt to eat.
Dental implants don’t require any special cleaning, so you can brush and floss as you normally would.
You never have to worry about removing dental implants to eat or clean, so you can treat them like your natural teeth.
Dentures and dental bridges typically need replacement after five to 10 years, while dental implants can last up to 25 years.
Ideal candidates for dental implants need a certain amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone for support. To assess the level of density in your jawbone, your dentist may use a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan, which measures bone density.
If you don’t have enough healthy bone and tissue to hold the implants in place, your dentist may recommend a bone graft.
Dental implants require extensive planning and preparation. Your dentist typically uses a combination of imaging tests, such as X-rays, to map out where your implants will go.
The first step in the dental implant procedure is inserting the implant into the bone socket of your missing tooth. During surgery, your dentist administers local or general anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain.
After your dentist places the implant, it takes about six to 12 weeks for your mouth to fully heal. As it heals, your jawbone further secures the implant in place to securely hold your new tooth or teeth.
At your next appointment, your dentist takes impressions of your mouth to create your prosthetic teeth. It can take a few weeks to create your teeth, so you may have a temporary restoration during this waiting period.
Finally, when you return for your last visit, your dentist attaches the prosthetic teeth to your implants.
Dental implants permanently restore missing teeth. To find out if you’re a good candidate, call SmileOne Dentistry or book an appointment online now.