Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Corbin Gentle Dental dentist surgically embeds into your jawbone. As people age, different health conditions, poor oral hygiene, and frequent consumption of foods and beverages that decay the teeth cause them to deteriorate and even break.
When a tooth is decayed that it cannot be saved, a dental implant can be used to create a foundation for a replacement tooth. Corbin Gentle Dental offers our patients dental implants that are modern and effective and that can restore the function, shape, and restore a healthy smile.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
When you may need dental implants
Dental implants are a restorative dentistry treatment option. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. During osseointegration, it fuses with the bone over a period of several months to create a strong base. Dental implants help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
This implant acts as the new root of the tooth and is then topped with a crown to create a new tooth. Implants are used as alternatives to dentures or dental bridges when the jawbone is healthy and intact enough to ensure that the implant will be successful. Since the placing of a dental implant is oral surgery, the patient must be evaluated for bleeding disorders or other medical conditions before surgery can be considered.
Dental implants over other treatment options
In the past, dentures or dental bridges were the only available options for restoring missing teeth. However, this has changed now that dental implants have been proven to be a successful treatment option for our patients.
While dentures are somewhat less expensive than dental implants, there are a number of disadvantages to them. For one, they are not fixed into the jaw and can slip out of place. They often do not feel natural or may cause issues if they are not properly fitted. Dentures can also make it difficult to eat or chew certain foods. While dental implants remain in place and cannot slip out of place. They look and feel natural and make it possible to eat just about anything you want.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant procedure begins with a dental exam from one of our general dentists to evaluate your teeth and gums. We use x-rays to determine the condition of the tooth area, gums, and surrounding jaw. If the damaged or broken tooth has not already been removed, we must extract it before any implant is placed.
When it’s time to place the implant, the area is numbed with local anesthesia. Next, the titanium post is placed into the jaw after an incision is made into the gums. After this placement, stitches are applied and a temporary tooth is placed over the implant while the healing process takes place. Once you are fully healed, the crown is placed over the implant and is cemented or screwed into place.
Learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile
If you have missing teeth that you want to replace, call our professional team to schedule an appointment with our professional dental team.
At Corbin Gentle Dental, we are dedicated to restoring your teeth back to a natural and comfortable state. We can help our patients to explore their options and to choose the one that is best for their oral health.
We are a dental office in Woodland Hills near Tarzana. To schedule an appointment to learn more about dental implants, call us at 818-758-1805 today.