About Dental Implants
What are dental implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth. An implant is a permanent tooth replacement that involves placing a post into the jaw bone. Because implants are connected to the jaw, it is a very stable replacement and helps the face retain its natural shape after losing a tooth.
What to expect when getting an implant
Am exam must be performed to determine if you are a good candidate for an implant. An implant will be more successful if the jaw bone at the location of the implant is strong enough to support the biting forces that are normally placed upon a tooth. In some cases, a material that helps bone grow can be placed to improve the chances of a successful implant.
An appointment will be made to place a metal post into the location where you want a replacement tooth. This surgery appointment is made as comfortable and painless as possible although you will experience some minor swelling after the appointment. After the post is placed, the jaw is usually given a few months to heal.
Sedation is available to patients with some dental anxiety to help make the experience more relaxing.
After a few months, more x-rays will be taken to make sure you are ready to continue. If the healing is compleated, then you will be ready to receive a dental crown on your implant. This will complete the restoration and you will have a durable tooth replacement that feels and looks just like your other natural teeth.
Comparing a bridge and an implant:
- Both are permanent treatments for one or multiple missing teeth
- Bridges requires the adjacent teeth to be crowned and rely on healthy teeth to support the bridge
- Bridges can be installed with much fewer visits
- Implant candidates need to be in good health as the jaw will need to be able to support an implant
- Implants help preserve the jaw bone since they also replace the tooth root
Get a free consultation at our Colton dental office
To get a free consultation and understand better if a dental implant is a good choice for you, please give our office a call. We have operated in downtown Colton CA for over 36 years and our friendly staff would love to help you. Give us a call at (909) 825-7732!