Dental implants are known to be the best replacement for natural teeth. They are fixed to the human jawbone in place of the missing tooth, thereby restoring the aesthetics as well as oral functionality. Implants are highly preferred owing to their superior strength and the various advantages they have over their alternatives, such as dentures and dental bridges.
What is a dental implant?
An implant comprises two main components, namely a Titanium stud and a prosthetic tooth crown made from dental-grade ceramic. They are held together by a connecting element called the abutment and dental adhesives. The metal stud has screw-like grooves on its surface, which help it grip the jawbone and stay firmly in position.
Why should you choose dental implants?
- Implants offer excellent stability as they are implanted into the jawbone.
- Implants last for several years together without hassle, provided you take good care of them and avoid chewing hard objects, tearing open plastic bags, etc.
- The ceramic crown of the dental implant is resistant to staining.
- You can bite and chew food as you always used to with an implant in place.
- You can restore your speech to normal.
- Implants prevent jawbone deterioration as the screw-like grooves hold the jawbone intact.
- They prevent the drifting of teeth as they fill the entire gap left by a missing tooth.
Getting an implant will require multiple visits to the dentist’s practice over a few months. During the initial consultation, the dentist will check your candidacy for implants by conducting a few tests. Factors such as jawbone health, size, placement available, gum health, etc. will be reviewed. Only if you satisfy all the conditions will you be able to qualify for the restoration.
A highly precise digital scan will be taken along with an x-ray. They will be used as a reference for fabricating the implant crown. Local anesthesia will be administered, and a small hole will be made on the jawbone in place of the missing tooth. The implant will be inserted in it and secured firmly using dental cement. A suitable healing time of a few months will be suggested during which the implant will adhere well to the bone structure.
During the next appointment, the dentist will place the abutment on the implant and attach the crown to it. This is done using dental adhesives. The fit and comfort of the tooth will be gauged using a bite test, after which any fine adjustments if required, will be made. The implant will be polished so that it matches the appearance of the adjoining teeth.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!