More than half of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. Because these empty spaces can cause serious dental problems, many patients consider tooth replacement. Attractive, durable, and permanent, dental implants are one of the most effective restorative procedures available. At Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD, our team has experience performing dental implant procedures that enhance natural smiles.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent solution to missing teeth. It is comprised of a screw-shaped titanium post and a crown. Surgically implanted into the gum, the post fuses to the surrounding jawbone. After an often-brief recovery period, the post is topped with a dental crown that is specifically designed to match the remaining natural teeth. With a stunning success rate of over 98 percent, dental implants are attracting a lot of attention.
How They Work
The secret to the comfort and strength of the dental implant is a process known as osseointegration. In everyday language, this process occurs when an artificial implant fuses with the surrounding bone to create a direct attachment or connection. The inevitable result is a replacement tooth that feels and functions exactly like a natural one. Many times, people cannot visually distinguish between an implant and a real tooth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Unlike many other tooth replacement options, dental implants are a permanent solution. They will not slip or fall out of place when eating or speaking. Because they are implanted in the gums, rather than resting over them, implants have not been linked to speech difficulties, unlike dentures or dental bridges. They are also a lot stronger than other replacement options, which lets wearers enjoy their favorite hard foods, including steak, candies, and popcorn. Last but not least, dental implants help wearers maintain the natural shape of their face and smile.
Implant Maintenance And Care
Although easier to look after than most other options, dental implants are not maintenance-free. Users must brush and floss them on a regular, daily basis — just as they would their natural teeth. It is also important to have them examined by a dentist at least once a year. Even though problems are rare, bacterial infections are possible without proper attention and care.
Are You A Candidate?
While it is true that most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants, there are a few exceptions. If you are an older person with a significant amount of bone loss in the jaw area, it may not be possible to put in an entire set of dental implants. The remaining bone simply may not be strong enough to support the titanium posts used in the procedure. With that said, the overwhelming majority of prospective patients are suitable candidates.
Considered a specialized dental procedure, implants can be expensive. As such, we offer several financing options to interested patients. We have partnered with companies that provide zero or low-interest loans to cover the cost of dental implantation. Our Guest Experience Coordinator would be happy to help you with the application process when you come in for an appointment.
Questions about dental implants? Feel free to call us at (925) 244-9770. During a consultation, Dr. Dhaliwal will discuss the procedure in detail, and we will work with you to determine how to best enhance your smile. We look forward to hearing from you!