Are missing teeth making you self-conscious? Are they affecting your chewing and smiling? If you want to replace your missing teeth but don’t want the hassle and discomfort associated with traditional dentures, schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Natomas Crossing Dental Care to learn about dental implants in Sacramento. After a thorough examination, we discuss with you the pros and cons of dental implants and together, we determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.
What are dental implants?
Basically, dental implants are artificial tooth roots, or titanium root fixtures, that are surgically implanted in the jaw. Natural-looking crowns are placed on the implants to replace missing teeth and restore the function of chewing. Dental implants are strong, durable tooth replacements, and are well tolerated by the body.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The reasons for choosing dental implants for oral rehabilitation range from function to esthetics. Many current denture and partial denture wearers are candidates for dental implants. Our implant patients come from all walks of life and a wide range of ages. They include accident victims and longtime denture wearers.
How can I benefit from dental implants?
Almost anyone who has lost one or more natural teeth can benefit from implant procedures:
- Dental implants make it possible for people who cannot, or prefer not to, wear removable “appliances” to enjoy the stability and security associated with natural teeth
- Dental implants eliminate the uneasy feeling of wondering if a conventional denture or partial denture may loosen while speaking or eating
- Partial denture wearers no longer need to worry about unsightly clasps showing
- Adjoining teeth are relieved of the stress placed upon them by conventional appliances
What is the procedure for dental implants?
At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, dental implant placement involves a gentle, non-traumatic surgical procedure that is carried out in two phases, plus a third phase for the restoration or attachment of teeth.
During the first phase, the implants are placed into your jaw using a precision-designed drill technique. Your gums are then closed over the implants. Immediately after the surgery, you will experience the same sensation as after a tooth extraction. After several months, the implant is ready for the next phase. During this waiting period, you will usually be able to wear your existing denture.
The second phase of the implant procedure involves reopening the gums over each implant and placing a temporary healing screw, which will protrude through the gum tissue.
The third phase of dental implants is the creation and fitting of the replacement teeth in your mouth.