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.
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 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.
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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