If you have lost one or more teeth, our dentist may recommend replacing them with dental implants. Implants allow you to regain a completely functional smile, and they provide a long-term solution that works to promote your oral health, including strengthening your jawbone to keep your teeth stable in your mouth. We invite you to call us at 707-542-1532 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Darren Gonzalez and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Santa Rosa, California.
A missing tooth is optimally replaced with a restoration that provides the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. A dental implant can do just that! Each tooth consists of two parts: the visible portion called the crown and the lower portion that anchors the tooth into the jawbone called the root. A dental implant acts as a new root for your artificial tooth so that you can use it in the same way as a natural tooth!
A dental implant is a screw made of titanium that is surgically installed into your jawbone. The titanium material is very biocompatible, meaning it will react well with your body and fuse with the necessary strength into your jawbone. This will provide the needed stability for the remainder of the restoration. The fusion usually takes several months as your body and jawbone adjust to the implant and form a durable bond with it. We will not place a restoration on top of the post until it has completely fused with your jawbone.
Once the fusion is complete, we will then place the rest of the restoration on top of it. This may be a crown, bridge or denture depending on what you and our team have decided is best for your smile. The restoration will be crafted just for your unique needs and specifications, meaning it will match the color and aesthetic of your smile. After placing the restoration, we will check the fit, appearance and function and make any necessary adjustments so that you can use it normally. With good oral care and regular visits to our dentist, your dental implants can last many years or even a lifetime!
If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry in Santa Rosa, California, please give us a call! We are ready to help complete your smile.