Rock Doc Dentistry – Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth. In fact, they are the closest thing to natural teeth as you can get. Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants have three basic components:
- An artificial tooth root surgically implanted into the jaw
- An abutment that connects to the artificial tooth root and sits just above the gum line
- A custom-made crown that connects to the abutment
Dental implants require several dental appointments with healing time in between procedures. After a thorough evaluation of your teeth and mouth, and removing any damaged teeth, your dentist surgically implants the screw-shaped tooth into your jawbone. The titanium artificial tooth root fuses to the living cells of your jawbone over time, which creates a strong and sturdy anchor for your new teeth. This means your new teeth cannot slip or shift inside your mouth, which can happen with removable dentures. The strong tooth roots allow you to eat, smile and talk confidently.
After a few months of healing time, you will return to your dentist for placement of the abutment. Your dentist may place temporary crowns on the abutments. You will return to your dentist about two weeks after placement of the abutment for attachment of the replacement tooth. Made from zirconium or porcelain, the durable crown looks like your natural tooth.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants might be right for you if you have lost one or more teeth. If you have lost all of your teeth on your upper or lower jaw, you may be a perfect candidate for a full mouth treatment. In this procedure, your dentist will implant four titanium posts and attach a full arch of teeth.
Your dentist can help you determine if dental implants are right for you. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums, and must have enough healthy bone to support the artificial tooth root and the crown.
Good candidates for these tooth replacements must be committed to keeping their implants healthy. To ensure their long-term success, dental implants require meticulous oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
For more information on dental implants, their benefits and care tips, consult with your Bakersfield dentists at Rock Doc Dentistry.