Dental Implants, Implant Dentist
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art new technology that allows your missing teeth to be replaced with biocompatible titanium posts and lifelike porcelain crowns. Once placed and restored, implants function and look exactly like natural teeth, features that our patients greatly appreciate.
We’ve found that many of our patients come to us with questions about how dental implants are placed, why dental implants are different from other tooth-replacement options, and whether they themselves are good candidates for implants.
Hopefully, the information provided here will help to answer some of your questions. Of course, if you’d like more information, you are always welcome to call our Irvine dental office!
What Are Dental Implants?
The actual “implant” part of a dental implant is a small post crafted from titanium, a biocompatible metal, that is placed surgically in the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the implant, a process known as restoring the implant. This crown is specially designed to blend in flawlessly with your other teeth, which means that nobody will ever know your secret unless you tell them.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Replacement Options?
Traditionally, bridges, partials, and dentures were the only options available for replacing missing teeth. While these options were effective and could give patients a complete smile, they don’t offer the permanence and stability of dental implants. The implant itself is actually anchored to either your jawbone or a framework that attaches to the bone. Eventually, the implant becomes a part of your bone structure, a process known as osseointegration.
If you are missing multiple teeth and are concerned about the cost of dental implants, we can also discuss using implants to anchor a bridge or denture in place, an option that combines the lower cost of bridges and dentures with the permanency of implants.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants is to call our office and schedule an evaluation appointment with Dr. Robertson. Your evaluation will include a complete examination, digital x-rays, and possibly a consultation with our on-site periodontist.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to determining whether dental implants are the right option is the quantity and quality of your jawbone. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone is no longer stimulated to maintain itself and will eventually begin to reabsorb. If this process has been taking place for some time, you may not have the bone structure necessary to support dental implants.
Fortunately, this situation does not rule out dental implants as an option. Today’s technology gives us the opportunity to actually replace bone when necessary through the use of bone grafts. Not only will a bone graft give us a strong place to anchor a dental implant, it will also help to restore the shape of your face and your appearance, transforming the “sunken” appearance that is so common in people who have been missing teeth for a long time.
Dental implants typically have a high success rate, and our patients have been thrilled with their results.
How Do I Get Dental Implants?
You can expect the complete procedure to take some time and to require a number of appointments. Once you are ready to start the process, Dr. Robertson will place the implant anchor into your jawbone. Following this procedure, we’ll allow the time necessary for the site to heal, which could be several weeks to a few months.
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