Redlands, CA patients who are dealing with the loss or extraction of natural adult teeth may be worried about what lies ahead for them regarding their dental health and wellness. Dental implants are a great service for patients who are interested in replacing one or more teeth. Understanding the process of obtaining these restorations and learning how they work can give patients the chance to make an educated decision for their smiles!
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is made of titanium and looks like a small post. This post is placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw to function as a tooth root. Then, it is restored. Restoration may be done with:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
Dental implants are chosen by our patients because they offer many benefits. They are long-lasting, strong, durable, and a smart investment for patients seeking permanent replacement of missing teeth. These versatile restorations are hhighly desirable for many patients.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING DENTAL IMPLANTS
First, patients must be deemed an appropriate candidate for dental implants. This means that they are evaluated and their smile is healthy and has enough bone. Bone is necessary to ensure the process of osseointegration can occur to keep the dental implant stabilized in the jaw. This can be determined with the use of x-rays to evaluate the smile. Once patients are appropriate candidates for dental implants and have decided this is their best solution, oral surgery is scheduled. This is the time during which the implant is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw and the gums are sutured around the implant. Healing must take place before the implant is restored. This may be done with a dental crown to replace one tooth, a dental bridge to replace a few teeth in a row, or a denture to replace the entire dental arch. Restorations are typically fabricated with porcelain, as it is often the most natural-looking option available. However, we also provide metal restorations for patients who prefer them. We work with patients to make sure they get exactly what they want, often exceeding their expectations with the results!
READY TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS FOR TOOTH REPLACEMENT?
Dental implants are just one of several treatment solutions for our patients to consider when they are faced with extracted or lost teeth. At Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry, our team is dedicated to ensuring patients have access to a variety of options when they are ready to repair the smile. Call Dr. Terry Vines and his team at [phone] and visit the practice in Redlands, CA at 303 Brookside Avenue to discuss dental implantology.