Replace missing teeth with dental implants
If you are missing teeth, you may be considering dental implants to replace them. Dental implants are a permanent solution that can help you regain your smile and improve your oral health. Dr. Kimberly King of Kitty Hawk Dental Care in Livermore, California, may encourage you to consider the benefits of dental implants to replace teeth in the smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post placed into the jawbone to act as a replacement for the root of a tooth. Once the implant has solidified into the bone and healed, a dental crown is placed on top to replace the visible portion of the tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth, and they can also be used to support dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges. Dental implants are more natural looking and feeling than alternatives, and they do not require special care as dentures do. Additionally, dental implants can help preserve the bone in your jaw, preventing further tooth loss down the road. It can also support maintaining the natural facial structure, avoiding the “sunken in” appearance sometimes seen in the jaw in long-term denture wearers.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people who are missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. However, it is essential to have healthy gums and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. Additionally, you must be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental checkups. If patients are not maintaining their oral health habits at home, they may want to consider alternative options, as a dental implant can fail with improper care.
What types of implants are available?
- Single-tooth implants for replacement of a single tooth
- Mini implants for bridge support when replacing one or more teeth in a row
- Full-arch dental implants as an alternative to traditional full dentures
Call Kitty Hawk Dental Care to learn more about dental implants
If you think dental implants may be right for you, talk to your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure or require bone grafting to prepare the smile. Call Kitty Hawk Dental Care at (925) 371-8880 to request an appointment.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.