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.
WHY SHOULD I GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants have many advantages over other prosthetic options. Their design makes them similar to the look and function of real teeth making them a stand out choice. Consider the following benefits:
- Your oral health will be protected. Bone density often decreases at the site of an extracted or missing tooth. This is because the tooth or teeth are no longer providing stimulation to the jaw bone. The stimulation is needed to encourage new bone cells to grow as older ones die. Due to the design of dental implants there will continue to be a stimulus to the jaw bone helping it to maintain its strength. This is important as the jaw bone helps maintain the position of any existing teeth, thereby stopping them from separating or further tooth loss.
- Easy to clean and maintain: Compared to other prosthetic options, dental implants are very easy to clean and maintain. They can be cleaned the same way that you would clean natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste and floss at least once. Although there is no chance of tooth decay, regular cleaning will help you avoid developing gum disease.
- Eating with confidence: Your implants are fixed to your jaw bone, making them permanent. You don’t need to worry about them falling out or moving as you eat crispier foods. They are not going to snap either as they are made from strong materials.
- Natural smile: It is very hard to distinguish real teeth from dental implants. They look very similar. This means that you can smile again with confidence.
If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, call Rotary Oral Surgery today, or schedule your appointment online.
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.