If you're one of the approximately 178 million American adults who are missing at least one tooth, consider dental implants. The team at Pine Center Dental Group in Chino Hills, California, provides customized dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, proving a natural-looking smile. Call the office today, or make an appointment online to find out if dental implants are right for you.
A dental implant is a type of prosthetic tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges that rest on top of your gums, a dental implant is placed into and secured by your jaw.
The prosthetic tooth comprises a titanium post, a prosthetic tooth, and a connecting piece known as an abutment. After implantation, the titanium post bonds with your jaw, acting as a tooth root to create a stable foundation for the rest of the prosthetic, which can include a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Once in place, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. No one will know you have an artificial tooth unless you tell them.
You need to have good overall dental health and sufficient bone density in your jaw to be a good candidate for a dental implant.
If your initial consultation and exam reveal jaw weakness or other dental issues, that doesn't mean you can't get a dental implant. Your dentist might need to provide other treatments such as a bone graft to ensure your jaw and mouth are strong and healthy enough.
When your dentist confirms that you're a good candidate for a dental implant, they begin the multi-step process. The first step is the surgical implantation of the post into your jaw. You need to wait for several months while your jaw heals and the post bonds with your bone in a process called osseointegration.
Then, when the post is secure, your dentist attaches the abutment and takes pictures and molds of the abutment, the gap, and the neighboring natural teeth. This information is sent to a dental lab where your prosthetic tooth or teeth are custom-made to fit into your mouth.
When your prosthetic is ready, your dentist attaches it to the rest of the implant. They check the fit and your bite (the way your teeth come together) before securing and polishing it until it shines like a natural tooth.
One of the appealing aspects of dental implants is that they don't require special care. You brush and floss them along with your remaining natural teeth. While dental implants aren't vulnerable to tooth decay, you still need to have routine dental check-ups so your dentist can monitor your overall dental health.
Call Pine Center Dental Group today, or make an appointment online if you're missing a tooth and want to find out if dental implants are right for you.