Dental implants represent the cutting edge of technology in restorative dentistry. Although there are exceptions, a dental implant is considered superior to many other treatment options because it is a permanent tooth replacement. Plus, it will never decay.
What to expect from a dental implant procedure
A dental implant is the most durable tooth replacement available because of the actual implant, a titanium screw that is inserted surgically into the jawbone and replaces the root of the missing tooth. As you heal from the procedure, your jawbone fuses to the implant.
After the healing phase, the implant will be covered with a crown, which replaces the exterior of the missing tooth and has been custom-made in our on-site lab to match the shape and color of your other natural teeth. The third piece of an implant, the abutment, connects the crown to the implant screw.
Although dental implants are durable and resistant to decay, they must be cared for and maintained like your actual teeth. Once the implant installation is completely healed, just brush and floss your implant as you do your other teeth as part of a good comprehensive regimen of at-home oral hygiene.
Advantages of dental implants
By replacing the tooth root with the implant, it protects against loss of surrounding jaw bone, which is a long-term consequence of living with a lost tooth. Other tooth replacement treatments do not protect against jawbone replacement because they do not contain anything to replace the tooth root.
Implants also have a 95 percent success rate, the highest in restorative dentistry.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Implants are not suitable for children. Also, any patient with gum disease must have the gum disease treated before a dental implant can be installed. It is important for a dentist to perform a thorough examination of your oral health before determining if a dental implant is right for you.
Want to learn more about dental implants? Call our office at (925) 705-4055 to schedule an initial consultation.
Brian Hockel, DDS, is proud to serve patients in Walnut Creek, Concord, and Lafayette, California.