Guide to Dental Implants: A Popular Option for Tooth Replacement

Posted by Dr. John Vellequette 2023-10-31

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Are you missing one or more teeth? Don't worry because dental implants are here to save the day! Say goodbye to uncomfortable dentures and hello to a natural-looking solution that will restore your smile. Dental implants have quickly become the best option for replacing missing teeth, offering numerous benefits that will make you wonder why you didn't get them sooner.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, which can be removable or require support from adjacent teeth, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots.

Made of titanium, dental implants fuse with the natural bone over time through a process called osseointegration. This provides a stable foundation for artificial teeth, such as crowns or dentures, to be attached securely.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

The process of getting dental implants is a comprehensive and multi-step procedure that requires careful planning and coordination between the oral surgeon, dentist, and patient. It starts with a thorough examination of the patient's oral health to determine if they are suitable candidates for implants. Once it is established that dental implants are the right solution for them, the next step involves preparing the jawbone for implant placement. This may involve bone grafting or sinus augmentation procedures to ensure there is enough bone density to support the implant.

After the jawbone has healed and sufficient bone growth has occurred, titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone. These posts serve as artificial tooth roots and provide a stable foundation for attaching prosthetic teeth. Following this surgical phase, there is a healing period during which osseointegration takes place. This process allows the implant to fuse with surrounding bone tissue, creating a strong bond that mimics natural tooth roots. 

Once osseointegration is complete, abutments are placed on top of the dental implants. These abutments act as connectors between the titanium posts and prosthetic teeth. Custom-made crowns or dentures are attached to these abutments, completing your smile restoration with beautiful and functional replacement teeth.

While getting dental implants may be a lengthier process compared to other tooth replacement options like bridges or dentures—especially when additional procedures such as bone grafting are necessary—it offers long-term benefits in terms of functionality and aesthetics. The investment in time can result in restored confidence and improved quality of life for individuals missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants offer a multitude of benefits that make them the best solution for missing teeth. They provide a permanent and natural-looking replacement for your lost tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, which can become loose over time, dental implants are securely anchored in your jawbone, ensuring stability and comfort.
  • Another advantage of dental implants is their ability to preserve the health of your surrounding teeth. With other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, adjacent teeth need to be filed down to accommodate the prosthetic tooth. However, dental implants don't require any alteration of neighboring teeth since they are standalone replacements.
  • Furthermore, dental implants play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath can start to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Implants act as artificial roots that stimulate the bone and prevent further bone loss.
  • Additionally, dental implants restore full chewing functionality so you can enjoy all types of foods without restrictions. They also improve speech by eliminating any slurring or mumbling caused by missing teeth.
  • Moreover, one often overlooked benefit is how dental implants boost self-confidence and enhance overall appearance. With a complete smile restored by implants that look and feel just like real teeth!
  • Last but certainly not least important is their long-lasting durability compared to other alternatives—dental implant's success rate ranges from 95-98%, making it an excellent investment for improved oral health.

To learn more, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500.

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