With advances in dental technology, teeth replacement techniques have progressed remarkably. Dental implants have revolutionized the way teeth were replaced with traditional means like full or partial dentures. In just 30 years, they have become the best teeth-replacing option. Dental implants are the closest you can get to natural, healthy, and fully-functional teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw which is surgically placed in the jaw to act as a false tooth root for dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges, or dentures. The basis for dental implants is osseointegration. It is a biologic process which allows biocompatible materials like titanium to integrate with the natural bone and become a part of it. Due to osseointegration, dental implants or false tooth roots become well integrated with the jawbone. Connectors or abutments are attached to implants to hold dental prosthetics in place.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants require a surgical placement and require three simple steps.
- The dental implant placement begins with a comprehensive examination to determine whether you are an ideal candidate to receive dental implants or not. The following criteria should be met to undergo a dental implant placement:
- The patient should be in good oral and overall health and not suffering from any serious diseases.
- The patient should have a healthy jawbone. It should be dense enough to support a titanium screw. In case of low jawbone density, a bone grafting surgery will be performed, during which, healthy bone tissues from a donor area in the body will be transplanted to the recessed area.
- If the patient is a woman, she should not be pregnant while receiving the treatment.
After the patient has been deemed as an eligible or ideal candidate to receive dental implants, the implant site is prepared. A general anesthetic is used to numb the site and an incision is made in the gums. A hole is drilled in the jawbone and a dental implant is secured in position. The gums are then sutured back. A temporary dental prosthetic is placed over the surgical site to protect it and restore the tooths functionality.
The extraction site is then allowed to heal for 4-6 months. During this period, the implant becomes an integral part of the surrounding bone.
After the dental implant has successfully integrated with the bone, the patient will be called in for a final appointment. The temporary dental prosthetic is removed a permanent custom designed crown or bridge is installed in place.
At Glenn Dental we employ the practices of modern dentistry to systematically repair damage and enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Glenn Ong-Veloso and Dr. Joy Helou will design a custom plan for you to meet your individual requirements. We welcome you to contact us at 760-284-3060 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Glenn Ong-Veloso and Dr. Joy Helou to achieve a picture-perfect smile in Apple Valley and California City, California.