Getting a dental implant at Smile Center Silicon Valley is one of the most effective ways to preserve your smile. With their extensive background in dental implant procedures, leading Sunnyvale, California dentists John Vellequette, DDS and Stephanie Fung, DDS are known for their gentle techniques for dental implant surgery. If you’re missing a tooth or know you need a tooth pulled, schedule an implant evaluation by using the online scheduling system or by calling the office.
A dental implant is usually the ideal way to replace a missing tooth. Because an implant involves placing a false “tooth root” and attaching a permanent crown, your new tooth is going to fit in perfectly with the rest of your bite. Getting a dental implant is important for:
It’s important to get a dental implant shortly after losing a tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to lose bone and gum tissue. When this occurs, you may no longer be a candidate for a dental implant since you won’t have enough tissue to support it. Usually, the alternative is getting a dental bridge in this case.
Modern dental implants have a high success rate and are designed to last a lifetime. But you have to take care of them to help them last.
Although implants are made of titanium, and the covering crown is made of porcelain or ceramic — all materials that won’t decay — other issues can arise.
For instance, if you don’t brush and floss regularly, you can develop bacterial buildup along your gum line. This can lead to gum disease and weaken your gum tissue. Over time, your implant can loosen. Routine dental exams and cleanings are essential for implant longevity.
Getting a dental implant involves a series of appointments, starting with an evaluation to see if you’re a good candidate. On surgery day, your dedicated oral surgeon at Smile Center Silicon Valley ensures your comfort by numbing your treatment area and providing sedation.
Placing the implant requires your dentist to make a small incision and insert the implant directly into your jawbone. You might feel some unusual sensations during this procedure, but because you’re going to be numb and lightly sedated — if requested — you shouldn’t be in pain.
After bone and tissue heal around the implant, you can get your permanent crown bonded. You might need to come in for one additional visit to ensure the crown is fitting correctly and to make any necessary adjustments.
Find out if a dental implant from Smile Center Silicon Valley is right for you by scheduling an exam. Book either online or over the phone.