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.