At some point in their lives, most Americans will lose at least one permanent tooth. But thanks to dental implants, you can find a sturdy tooth replacement at Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California. Call the office today to schedule a dental implants consultation or book your appointment conveniently online.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone. Because the small titanium post is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics such as crowns and even dentures. They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss.
What is the process for getting dental implants?
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments at Novato Oral Surgery. At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant. Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the Novato Oral Surgery team can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.
At your next visit, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it. The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic and sedation is offered if you choose. It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your crown or dentures.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits that other prosthetic options cannot. This is mainly because they function like real teeth. Consider the following benefits:
- You will project your oral health. It is common to see a decrease in bone density when you lose your natural teeth. This is because natural teeth are essential in promoting the regrowth of bone cells, a process that’s needed as bone cells grow old and die. Because dental implants fuse with the jaw bone they can provide that needed stimulation helping you maintain good bone strength. This is essential to stop the spread or falling out of any existing natural teeth.
- Easy to clean and maintain: You can clean your dental implants the same way that you would clean natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss at least once and your oral health should be good. Your new implants won’t decay but through regular cleaning you will avoid developing gum disease.
- Eating with confidence: Your implants are permanently fused to your jaw bone, forming a strong bond. This means that they won’t fall out while eating crispy foods. The strong materials used mean that they won’t break either.
- Natural smile: Dental implants look like the real thing. No one will know they are implants unless you tell them.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are essentially made up of three components. A titanium post is used to provide the foundation for the tooth. The unique properties of titanium means that it will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. The bond is very strong and considered permanent. The visible crown is usually made of porcelain or another strong tooth colored material. It is designed in a way that will naturally blend in with any other existing natural teeth. These two components are joined together using an abutment.
If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, call Novato Oral Surgery today, or schedule your appointment online.
Our doctors who provide this service
Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.