Did you know that by the time Americans reach 35 years old 69% have lost at least one permanent tooth? Missing teeth can cause numerous oral health problems such as shifting teeth and bone loss. But with dental implants at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California, the team of dental surgeons can replace your tooth and stop bone loss. Call the office today or make an appointment online.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure that places a titanium artificial tooth root in the place where your natural tooth once was. After a healing period where your jawbone fuses around the implant, a dental crown is installed and looks just like the rest of your natural teeth. In some cases, dentures can be installed on dental implants to prevent shifting and movement while talking and eating.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
After extraction, the dental process usually takes three visits to the Benicia Oral Surgery office. At the first visit, your surgeon will take X-rays and scans of your mouth and make sure you have enough jawbone density to hold the implant. If not, a bone graft procedure can be performed before you receive a dental implant.
At your next visit, a titanium rod is implanted into your jawbone in an outpatient procedure. Anesthetics and in some cases sedatives can be used to minimize any pain or discomfort. At this point, you need to wait until the implant fully fuses with your jawbone. This takes anywhere from three to six months.
At your last visit, your Benicia Oral Surgery specialist uncovers your implant and prepares the implant for the crown that your referring general dentist will install. Since your implant works just like a natural tooth root, your dental prosthesis won’t move or shift. With proper care, a dental implant will last your entire life.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A DENTAL IMPLANT?
You will enjoy a number of benefits if you choose to have dental implants that you would not experience with other prosthetic tooth options. Dental implants mimic natural teeth, so many of the benefits are equal to the same advantages of having natural teeth.
Firstly, your oral health will benefit. The bone density in your jaw can decrease when you are missing a tooth. This occurs because the jaw bone needs stimulation from the tooth and its root to promote and replace old bone cells. Tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures are not designed to stimulate the regrowth and strengthening of the jaw bone. When the jaw bone becomes weak, it is common to see the existing teeth spread or even fall out. Dental implants, however, are designed to stimulate the jaw bone, keeping it healthy and strong.
Maintaining your dental implants is easy too. Unlike dentures, you won’t have to learn any new cleaning routines or use sticky glues. You just simply brush your teeth twice a day like natural teeth and floss at least once a day. Your implants won’t decay but cleaning is important to prevent gum disease.
The final benefits to consider are that dental implants provide greater comfort and appearance than other options. Because they are fixed to your jaw they won’t slip around while you’re eating or fall out when eating crispy foods. You won’t be disappointed with how they look either and you can smile once again with confidence.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are made of three individual components. The two principal parts are the screws that fix to the jaw bone and the crown that makes up the visible part of the tooth. The screw that fixes to the jaw is made of titanium or a titanium alloy. It has been discovered that titanium has the properties needed to bond with the bone in a process called osseointegration. The crown is commonly made of porcelain or another tooth-colored material.
For your dental implant consultation, call Benicia Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.
Our doctors who provide this service
With over 40 years of clinical experience, Irving Riley, DDS, MPH, serves the San Francisco Bay region as an oral surgeon at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California. He holds various leadership positions in professional and civic organizations and has taught dental students as an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School.
With over 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and residency director, Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD, joins the Benicia Oral Surgery team as the chief surgeon of the practice. As an expert in the field, patients choose Dr. Clayman for implantology, oncology, reconstructive surgery, and dental extractions, just to name a few. He has traveled the world volunteering his services in places such as India, Brazil, and Nepal.