If like 178 million Americans, you’re missing at least one adult tooth, you should consider dental implants as a replacement option. At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, California, Jeffrey Graves, DDS, provides customized dental implants to restore your smile and protect your oral health. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are false teeth that your surgeon places directly in your jaw. They include a small titanium post that acts like a tooth root, a crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth, and an abutment that connects them.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Since they’re implanted directly in your jaw, with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime. They look just like natural teeth, so no one will know that you have false teeth unless you tell them.
What happens during the implantation process?
Dr. Graves installs dental implants in several stages. During your initial consultation, he provides X-rays and bone scans to ensure that your jaw is strong enough to support dental implants. If your jawbone has deteriorated or become weak, Dr. Graves offers bone grafting treatments to strengthen your jaw.
When Dr. Graves is satisfied that your jaw is strong enough to support the implants, he surgically places the posts in your jaw. Then, you wait for the posts to bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which can take several months.
Once the implant is placed, Dr. Graves periodically checks your progress and usually, your implant is solid within four months. At this point, you have an appointment for Dr. Graves to the abutment and prepare the gums surrounding the implant for the crown placement.
One week after your abutment is placed, you come back for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Graves checks your implant and gums then discharges you back to your regular dentist for crown placement. Dr. Graves provides written instructions, panoramic X-rays and the components they need to make the impression for the crown.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Taking care of your dental implants is easy. You simply brush and floss them like your natural teeth. While dental implants are resistant to decay, you still need to have routine dental checkups for your dentist to monitor the health of your gums and any remaining natural teeth.
If you’re interested in dental implants, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.