Are you missing one or more of your teeth? If so, you likely want a beautiful smile and wonder how you can get it. Dental implants are the key to having a great smile again, and Dr. Shirley Bien is ready to give you a dental implant in her Fremont, CA dental office.
What are dental implants? Dental implants are not bridges, and they aren’t false teeth. They are made to blend in as naturally as possible with the rest of your teeth. They function like regular teeth as well, and they get rid of the gap caused by missing teeth. Dental implants are also known as artificial tooth roots and are often constructed from titanium.
Having a Dental Implant
Having a dental implant performed at our Fremont, CA dental office is relatively easy and quick. The dental implant is inserted into your jaw bone, which will cause your jaw bone to fuse to the artificial root. When the root has healed, you’ll receive an abutment, or a connector that will connect your implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. It’s possible to have an implant for a single tooth, an implant-supported bridge, or even a denture with multiple teeth.
The surgery usually involves a local anesthetic and is relatively easy. First the dentist will need to reach the bone where you’ll receive your implant. They’ll get to the bone by cutting the gum tissue. Next, the dentist will drill a hole in your jaw bone. This hole is where the artificial root or dental implant will go. The gums will be stitched up and you will be sent home to heal from the dental procedure.
You will be asked to return to our Fremont, CA dental office to see how you’re healing. Once the dentist has determined you’re healed, you will receive the abutment on top of the titanium rod. The dentist will then make impressions of your teeth to custom-fit a crown for you. In the meantime, you may receive a temporary crown while we await the arrival of your permanent crown. You’ll need to come in again to have the crown placed on top of the abutment.
Considering Dental Implants
Not everyone will be a good candidate for receiving a dental implant. Dr. Bien will need a complete evaluation and comprehensive examination with the necessary X-rays and records to make an assessment as to whether a patient is a good candidate or not. Surgical procedures such as Sinus lifts, or a bone graft may be necessary. First, you’ll need to have any existing dental issues that could affect the implant corrected. The dentist will need to evaluate your mouth and see if you have enough bone to support the implant. You may have x-rays taken and an examination will be performed. If not, she’ll recommend you replace any lost bone in the upper or lower jaw. If you’ve lost bone in your upper jaw, you will be recommended a sinus lift, and if you’ve lost bone in your lower jaw, you will be recommended a bone graft. Both of these dental procedures are common and have a 100% predictability and success rate, so you need not worry. You’ll soon be on your way to a great and beautiful smile.
Are you tired of your missing teeth and want a smile you love again? Contact our trusted Fremont, CA dental office today to discuss a dental implant.