Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but accidents, injuries, and infections happen. If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants can restore your chewing and speaking ability, while boosting your confidence. At Brite Smile Dental, with two locations in San Diego, including the Sorrento Valley area, the team regularly uses dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles and prevent further damage. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling the offices or clicking the online booking tool today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium or another durable metal. Unlike other types of oral prosthetics, they’re surgically placed into your jaw bone, allowing them to mimic the strength and durability of your natural teeth.
Each implant features a metal attachment, known as an abutment, which connects to a pontic or false tooth. Unlike traditional oral prosthetics such as bridges, dental implants don’t rely on your surrounding teeth for support.
Dental implants can replace one or multiple teeth. They also provide a number of benefits, including:
Dental implants also improve your overall oral health. If you’re missing one or more teeth, your jawbone tissue begins to deteriorate. Dental implants prevent further damage, ensuring your jaw stays healthy and strong.
If you’re healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery such as a root canal or extraction, you’re probably a candidate for dental implants. However, it’s important that your jawbone and gums are healthy, too.
If you smoke cigarettes, have a history of gum disease, or are living with a chronic condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure to share this information with your dentist. These factors won’t necessarily disqualify you from treatment, but they can increase your risk of complications.
At your first appointment, your Brite Smile Dental provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your goals for treatment. You’ll also have a series of panoramic X-rays to get a better look at your jawbone and tooth roots.
First, your dentist places a small, metal post in the socket of the missing tooth. Then you’re sent home for a period of 6-12 weeks while your jawbone tissue grows around the metal post.
At your next appointment, your dentist attaches a metal connector to the implant and affixes your custom-made false tooth onto the connector, a process that takes between 45-60 minutes.
Don’t let missing teeth negatively impact your quality of life. Request your implant dentistry consultation today, by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.