A missing tooth or teeth can be tough, and sometimes painful. Other teeth wear down faster, as they compensate for the missing ones. Speaking is harder. Eating is harder.
The good news is that you don’t have to live that way. As a implant dentist in Santa Clara, we will help you reclaim your life with customized dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a metal rod placed directly into your jawbone. It acts as the root for a customized replacement tooth.
Once the titanium rod is placed, it actually fuses with the bone, making it a sturdy and durable base for your new tooth. This takes approximately 3–6 months. Once the fusion is complete, your dental implant can be strong and healthy for the rest of your life.
Atop the implanted rod, we place a crown. This is the visible part of the tooth, and will be custom-designed to fit precisely in your mouth. Between the root and the crown, you have an entirely functional, completely natural-looking replacement tooth.
Besides replacing a single missing tooth, dental implants can benefit several other procedures as well.
- Mini dental implant — Mini dental implants work just like regular implants. They are simply created to fit in a smaller space. If you have a small mouth or the tooth it’s replacing was unusually little, this option could be for you.
- Dental implant supported denture — If you have multiple missing teeth, or need full-mouth tooth replacement, implant-supported dentures are a great option. They provide you with a very sturdy, permanent base. With the dentures secured in this way, you can have attractive, functional teeth that will never slip, and don’t require adhesives.
- Implant-supported bridge — In much the same way that an implant will support dentures, implants can also support bridges and partial dentures. This reduces the size of the bridge, saves the adjacent healthy teeth, and makes your bridge extremely secure.
As Santa Clara implant dentist, we are proud to offer these long-term solutions. It’s our job to ensure your smile is in it for the long haul. If you would like more information about dental implants, please stop by or give us a call.