When a tooth is lost or extracted the bone surrounding the tooth can start to erode, never to grow back. Other surrounding teeth can drift into the open space causing esthetic and functionality problems. With a dental implant used as a restoration for the missing tooth, the surrounding bone is retained and the implant looks and functions like a natural tooth. This bone retention promotes, not only jaw and oral heath, but overall health as well. Dr. Danielle Wehle offers dental implants in Santa Clara, CA to patients that qualify!
In the past, patients have opted to replace missing teeth with fixed dental bridges or partial dentures. While these methods are successful they do come with complications and usually need to be repaired or replaced every five to seven years. These alternative procedures can end up being more costly in the long-run. Dental implants are a great solution for patients needing tooth replacement earlier in their life. If maintained properly, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
How do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant has three main parts. The first part is a titanium implant that is surgically placed in your jaw where there was once a tooth. The titanium is resistant to decay and is easily integrated into the body. The dental implant will fuse to the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. The titanium implant saves the bone and is “rooted” in your jaw like a natural tooth allowing for easy chewing. Next, an abutment is connected on top of the implant above the gum line. Finally, the dental implant is completed by placing a crown over the abutment. The dental crown will look and function like a natural tooth. All of this can be done while under sedation so your procedure is comfortable and you’re relaxed throughout.
Most people are happy to learn they are candidates for dental implants. There are some factors, however, that need to be considered before moving forward with surgery. A healthy amount of jaw bone needs to be available in order for the implant(s) to be successfully placed. If you have been told you lost bone due to missing teeth, we can perform a bone grafting procedure to restore it. In addition, your gums should be free of infection or gum disease and damaged teeth need to be extracted. All of these concerns can be addressed at our office so you can receive comprehensive care at one location!