A Dental Implant is a titanium screw that bonds to the jawbone where a tooth or teeth are missing, and act as support for an artificial tooth called a crown.
Crowns are custom made artificial teeth that can look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants have several advantages over other options (like dentures):
- natural-looking and comfortable
- great durability
- high success rate
- better maintenance of bone at the site of the lost tooth
- easier to eat and chew
- do not need to be removed at night
Dental implants look and feel just like a natural tooth. In fact, when properly placed, it can be hard even for a dentist to pick out an implant without close examination or even x-rays.
Dental implants also have very high durability. Clinical studies show that over 93% last at least 17 years. Some people have had implants for 50 years or more. In addition, implants have a very high initial success rate: about 98% are initially successful.
Just like a natural tooth, dental implants stimulate the bone around them. This keeps your body from removing or “resorbing” the jawbone.
Because your bone grows around dental implants, they are fully fixed in your jawbone. This makes it easy to bite and chew. You can eat normally with implants. And you don’t have to remove implants at night!
What is the process of getting dental implants?
The process of getting dental implants is simple, including six or fewer steps.
- Consultation and Dental Treatment Plan: A dentist uses your up-to-date x-rays, medical/dental history, and current health condition to get a clear picture of what all needs to be done, and then provide you with a proper Dental Treatment Plan.
- Extraction (Optional): If you have a natural tooth at the implant site, your dentist will remove it and prepare the site.
- Bone Grafting (Optional): In many cases, the jawbone does not have enough mass to support the dental implant. If so, your dentist will use a bone graft to build up and strengthen the area. Bone grafting can take several months to heal before your dentist can place the implant.
- Dental Implant Surgery: Your dentist will give you anesthesia for your comfort during the 1-2 hour surgery. Then your dentist will place the implant, a titanium screw into your jawbone (similar to your natural teeth). In many cases, your dentist can place a crown or bridge on the implant immediately.
- Osseointegration (Optional): If your implant is not stable at surgery, your dentist will cover it with gum tissue. This protects it while it bonds with your jawbone.
- Final Restoration: When the implant bonds securely to your jawbone, you will get a final attractive dental restoration, such as a crown or bridge.
Going through the process of dental implants can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but we will help walk you through it. We offer Free Cosmetic Consultations here in Carlsbad and would love to see you face-to-face for a proper assessment. We will provide you with a complete dental treatment plan which will include all of your details including the cost (depending on your insurance).
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