One of the best ways to replace missing teeth while also providing a permanent and fixed solution, as opposed to complete or partial dentures, is dental implants from Portola Dental Group. The implants that are provided through our office are the most modern appliances that provide support and stability.
Dental implants themselves are artificial teeth and roots which are generally made out of titanium. These are placed using a surgical procedure into either the upper or lower jawbone. The dentist who performs this type of surgery is a specially trained dentist known as a Periodontist, who has had additional training over and above the typical dental training involving study of the gums and supporting bone. The implants themselves are designed to provide an exact match to the existing and surrounding teeth as far as shape and color, thus creating a perfect smile.
Although the materials used in dental implants are quite strong and stable, eventual replacement due to wear and tear will potentially happen over a number of years.
Dental Implants Help With:
Replacement of missing teeth.
Resolution to pain caused by bite misalignment when teeth shift due to tooth loss.
Restoration of confidence.
Assist with chewing problems.
Restoration of facial structure and tissues.
Bridge or denture support, if necessary.
Getting Dental Implants Involves:
The dental implant process generally takes a number of visits over a period of multiple months. W-rays and impressions of the teeth and jaw are taken in order to assess adequate spacing and other issues. The area is then numbed with a local anesthetic and the implant is surgically placed into the bone. It is potentially the case that a second surgery will be necessary to place the post which will hold the artificial tooth in place. Most implants are placed at the same time.
After the healing process is completed and stable, the artificial teeth are fitted onto the post and anchor. This may take several visits over the course of one or two months as adjustments are generally necessary. Care and maintenance procedures are discussed and provided to the patient.