Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a robust and stable foundation for artificial teeth. At Darren Gonzalez DDS, we place implants composed of a metal post directly into the jawbone and connect an artificial tooth to the metal post. Implants are typically made of titanium, which is biocompatible and doesn’t cause reactions in the body. This means you won’t need to worry about them moving while you eat or speak, and you won’t have to take them off every night before bed like traditional dentures.
The Dental Implant Procedure
After determining that you’re a candidate for dental implants, the dentist will refer you to another specialist for a consultation. The oral surgeon will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine your bone level and oral health. Then, they can create a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Before placing the implants, the oral surgeon will place any needed bone grafts. Once those have healed and fused to the jaw, you can begin the dental implant procedure. This involves creating small incisions in the gums and gently placing the implants into the jaw. It’s normal to experience some bleeding during this process, but it should stop within a few hours following the procedure. You may need to take some medications or over-the-counter painkillers to manage the discomfort after the surgery. It’s also common to have some bruising and minor swelling as well. Your dentist may recommend a soft diet for the first few days following treatment.
Once the implants are in place, they will begin fusing to the jawbone through osseointegration. You’ll need to return to the office for regular checkups to monitor your progress. The final step is to place an abutment over the implant. This serves as a connector between the tooth and the dental implant. Once the abutment is in place, your dentist can place a crown on top of the abutment for a natural-looking, complete smile!
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide several significant benefits that can improve your quality of life and well-being. When dental implants replace your lost tooth, it impacts more than just your smile. Your can again teeth work together to help you chew and digest food. The replacement tooth also prevents your remaining natural teeth from shifting to fill the gap, preventing problems with chewing and speaking clearly such a shift could bring.
If you’ve lost any of your teeth and are interested in getting dental implants, visit Darren Gonzalez DDS at 1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, or call (707) 542-1532.