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 tooth implants and together, we determine if a dental implant procedure is the right solution for you.
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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 tooth implants to replace missing teeth and restore the function of chewing. The dental implant procedure is a strong, durable tooth replacement option, and is well tolerated by the body; sometimes people mistakenly refer to tooth implants as “veneers.” (If you are wondering how to take care of veneers or have questions about them, visit our page about them.)
Am I a candidate for tooth 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 a tooth implant procedure?
Almost anyone who has lost one or more natural teeth can benefit from a dental implant procedure:
- 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.
- Tooth 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 tooth implant procedure?
Interested in learning more about getting dental implants in Sacramento? At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, the tooth implant process 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 tooth implant process involves reopening the gums over each implant and placing a temporary healing screw, which will protrude through the gum tissue.
The third phase of a dental implant procedure is the creation and fitting of the replacement teeth in your mouth.
If you want to learn more about dental implants in Sacramento and other types of tooth replacement options, give our office a call.
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