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Are you concerned about the space left by tooth loss? When someone loses a tooth due to decay, infection or injury, the supporting bone and gum tissue begin to recede. Additionally, the teeth adjacent to the empty socket weaken and move toward it. You can imagine that the dental bite and smile aesthetics change dramatically as a result.
What's the solution? Dr. Laura Halvorsen, your dentist in Moraga, CA, recommends dental implant placement for patients who have healthy jaw bones and good oral and overall health. Do you qualify for this outstanding tooth replacement? Here are the benefits of dental implants and how Dr. Halvorsen places them. The treatment is simpler and more successful than you may think.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth from root to crown. It is composed of three distinct parts:
- A titanium screw which resides in the jaw bone, substituting for the natural tooth root
- A metal alloy extension post which is bonded to the implant and extends above the gum line
- A realistic porcelain crown which finishes, or restores, the implant
Millions of single-tooth implants are placed annually--2.3 million in the United States alone according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Given the success rate of dental implants (upwards of 90 percent), these prosthetics likely will last for decades. Implants possess great adaptability, too, as dentists use them to support fixed bridgework and full and partial dentures.
How Does Your Moraga Dentist Place an Implant?
First, Dr. Halvorsen performs a comprehensive oral examination and takes digital X-rays to ensure the patient has good oral and overall health. She also ensures there is sufficient bone to anchor the implant. With that information, she proceeds with the placement of the implant. In the ensuing weeks, the titanium implant bonds to the jaw bone through osseointegration--quite literally a fusing of the jaw bone to the prosthetic device. This foundation allows for later placement of the extension post and customized porcelain crown.
After an implant is completed, the patient enjoys normal biting, chewing, appearance and speech. Gone are the aesthetic and oral health difficulties associated with smile gaps and ill-fitting dentures. Patients report that their implants look, feel and act like real teeth. Plus, care is as easy as daily flossing and twice-daily brushing along with six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Halvorsen.
What Can We Do for You?
If you are facing tooth loss or already have a smile gap, contact Dr. Halvorsen for an implant consultation. She'll explain your options so you understand how dental implants could complete your smile. Please call the office in Moraga, CA, today at (925) 376-4626.
Welcome to the Blog of Country Club Dr Moraga, CA
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Moraga, CA area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact our Country Club Dr Moraga, CA office with any dental questions or concerns.
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Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Cosmetic Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your cosmetic dentist to schedule an appointment.