Have you ever heard of dental implants? The preferred method of replacing missing teeth, these boast a 90% success rate and for some, could last a lifetime. Do you have questions about the process of placing and restoring them? What about your potential candidacy for the procedure? In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons answer common questions about dental implants.
How Do You Place Them?
The process requires the use of oral surgery and advanced technology. The dental implant post is a screw-like device that is small and crafted from titanium, a biocompatible material. Digital images and x-rays let our team plan the placement to ensure these posts stimulate the growth of bone tissue, and that placement also avoids sinus cavities and nerve tissues. We then use digital surgical guides to oversee the process. Once the titanium posts are in place, they bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, allowing them to last decades to come.
Who Makes a Good Candidate?
We offer dental implants for people with missing teeth, whether they’ve lost one tooth or all of them. However, we do watch for the presence of underlying oral health issues, such as gum disease. We want to manage these first to avoid implant failure. If you’ve lost jawbone tissue due to tooth loss, this could make your smile less able to support new roots. We could use jawbone grafting and sinus lifts to rebuild our smile and ensure there is plenty of tissue to support your new teeth!
Do They Look Natural?
Yes! For an individual alone, we will attach a crown to your new root. The crown will be custom-made to look natural and blend with the smile, while also providing a durable chewing surface. If you have several missing teeth, multiple implants could be used to secure a bridge, partial, or full denture. Again, the prosthetics will be custom-crafted for your smile to ensure a lifelike appearance and a comfortable fit.
How Long Do They Last?
Since they bond with the jawbone and the body accepts them as natural roots, this prevents the loss of mass and density in the jawbone. The bone tissue then supports the new roots and as a result, your new teeth could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime! We will discuss how to care for your smile and ensure longevity with your smile.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
We want to prevent you from developing complications due to tooth loss by offering a lifelike and durable solution. To learn more about the replacement of missing teeth with implant dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.