Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants
Fountain Valley, CA
Dental implants are a permanent way of replacing your missing teeth. For many patients, implants offer a great way of replacing lost teeth with a prosthesis that looks and functions like your real teeth. At Bijan Family Dental Practice we will help you get the right teeth replacement procedure.
Who is A Candidate For Dental Implants?
For dental implant placement to be successful, your gums and jawbone should be healthy and strong. If you’ve lost bone mass because of a tooth abscess or if you suffer from oral health issues like gingivitis, your dentist will have to manage these problems before the dental implant procedure.
If yours is a bone loss issue, your doctor may have to do bone grafting to strengthen the bone so that it can firmly hold the implant. After bone grafting, it will take several weeks for you to heal, after which implants will be placed on your jawbone.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants are highly durable. With proper dental care, you can have them for a lifetime. They are anchored to the jawbone and so, unlike dentures, they can’t slip out. Dental implants are also designed to look like your natural teeth. If you lose your teeth, your jawbone around the gap left by the lost teeth is likely to deteriorate. Implants prevent that bone loss. Implants function like your real teeth and thus will allow you to eat all of your favorite foods. A denture can also eliminate the embarrassing gaps in your teeth and thus boost your confidence.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The length of the process will hinge on your recovery time and needs. Generally the procedure takes between five and eight months. It starts with consultation and preparation. During the consultation, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan after collecting information about your medical history and needs. Your doctor will then evaluate your gums, teeth, and jawbone. If the jawbone doesn’t have sufficient mass and thus can’t support an implant, you will need to undergo grafting to strengthen the bone.
A titanium or zirconia post will be placed into your jawbone. After three to six months, the post will fuse with the bone thanks to osseointegration. Once your jaw has healed, other components of the implant will be placed. The first component to be attached to the post will be the abutment. Then, the crown will be firmly anchored on the abutment.
How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
Dental implants can be an effective replacement for a single tooth or multiple teeth. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to get one implant for each missing tooth. Two implants, for instance, can provide support for your removable lower denture, and four or six implants can support a permanent and full set of bottom or top teeth.
Is the Implant Placement Process Painful?
Most patients report that the dental implant placement process is quite tolerable. Besides, you can easily manage any discomfort you may experience with over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings and checkups, similar to natural teeth. For more information on dental implants and excellent dental care, call Bijan Family Dental Practice at (714) 421-4494 today.