Dental implants are the most successful tooth replacement option available. A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as your tooth root. Once the implant is placed, it will eventually fuse with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This creates a secure foundation for your dental crown, bridge, partial or full denture. Once fused with your bone, implants provide the same function as your natural teeth roots – stimulating the jawbone when you chew and providing a secure, stable base for your new teeth.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that take the place of one, several, or all of a patient’s natural teeth. They are composed of a titanium post that fits directly into the jawbone and a porcelain crown on top that matches the patient’s other teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth in a row, or even all of the teeth on an arch.
There are several reasons why the procedure is so effective. First, the implant post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to create a permanent base that will support the new artificial tooth. The implant is then covered with a temporary cap while the jawbone heals around it. This process can take up to six months for most patients, giving their bone time to heal and fuse with the implant post, a process referred to as “osseointegration.” Once this process is complete, the post can be restored with a permanent dental crown that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent option for most people who are missing a tooth or teeth, but they’re not for everyone. Good candidates for implants have healthy gums and adequate bone structure in the jaw to support the implants. It’s also important for patients to have healthy immune systems so that the body doesn’t reject the new tooth root. Patients should also commit to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to help prevent gum infections and other complications that can arise from tooth loss. The dentist will be able to determine if the patient is a good candidate after a thorough medical and dental history review.
Contact Vasquez & Associates Dental Office if you have any questions about dental implants. You can schedule a consultation by calling (760) 529-5339 or visiting us at 3601 Vista Way Ste 105, Oceanside, CA 92056.