Dental Implant Placement
Palo Alto, CA
Dental implants are the most common method of replacing missing teeth. At Palo Alto Oral Health, we perform a dental implant placement to replace a damaged or infected tooth.
The procedure replaces your affected natural teeth with artificial ones. What makes dental implants so reliable is that they provide support for artificial teeth.
Generally, dental implant placement is performed over several stages. This means you will visit our offices on several occasions. If you are planning to get dental implants, here are some of the things you should learn about the procedure.
Why is Dental Implant Placement Important?
Why should you undergo a dental implant placement? Here are some reasons why this procedure is important for oral health.
||Gives You a Natural Look - If you have missing teeth, your smile will be affected. Dental implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth. After undergoing a dental implant placement, you will have a natural look, and no one will notice that you lost your tooth. Unlike other dental replacement options, dental implants look exactly like natural teeth. They are also permanent, meaning you don't have to worry about them falling out when eating or talking. This makes dental implant placement very important.
||Reliable and Durable - Dental implants are reliable and can last many years. If you take good care of your dental implants, they can also last for several decades. Our experts advise that you maintain high standards of oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. You should also visit our offices for regular oral exams. We will keep track of your dental implants and ensure they are in good condition.
||Have a High Success Rate - Another reason why dental implant placement is essential is that implants have a high success rate. You shouldn't risk replacing your missing teeth with alternatives that don't guarantee longevity. Compared to other teeth replacement options, dental implants give the longest service. The advancement of technology in the placement of dental implants has also increased their success rate significantly. You should maintain good oral health to enjoy the many benefits of dental implants.
||Easy to Eat and Chew With - It can be challenging to eat and chew food with most teeth replacement options. This is not the case with dental implants. This is because dental implants are anchored into your jaw and have a solid base, just like natural teeth. The implants firmly placed in the jaw help preserve the jawbone and reduce bone resorption. Dental implants also make it easy to chew and eat food. Speaking will be much easier as the implants fit in your mouth perfectly.
||Improved Bone and Facial Features - Dental implants help preserve your natural teeth by preventing the need to get rid of adjacent teeth. This is important for conventional bridgework. Dental implants preserve the jawbone by reducing bone resorption. Bone deterioration is also significantly reduced as implants keep the jawbone in position. This goes a long way in improving your facial and bone features. Even better, dental implants reduce the load on remaining oral structures and help maintain bone mass.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The dental implant placement process happens over several steps. After we perform an initial assessment, we might have to perform procedures like a bone graft. We will also remove the damaged tooth through an extraction procedure.
Once the jawbone is clear of the damaged tooth's remains, our team will place the post of the implant. This is done after ensuring there is enough supportive tissue to hold the dental implant.
Remember that we use a local anesthetic before the surgery to make the process painless.
There are several sedative options to comfort you during the procedure. We will discuss these options with you during the consultation stage. Once the implant is placed in the jawbone, the next steps will follow suit.
First, our experts will drill a hole into your jawbone at an angle determined with the help of a 3D scanner. The implant goes deep into your jawbone so that it provides support for the artificial tooth.
After that, we will wait for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone before completing the placement process.
What Happens After Dental Implants Are Placed?
After placing the dental implant into your jaw, it takes between two to six months before the implant fuses with the jawbone. This process is referred to as osseointegration.
During this process, the natural jawbone will grow around the dental implant, providing it with strong support. It will remain firmly in position no matter how much pressure you apply to your artificial tooth.
This is one of the reasons why dental implants are very reliable and durable.
After osseointegration is complete, placement of the abutment is next. A metal extender called the abutment is added to the dental implant to give it a natural look.
We might do this during the initial procedure or perform a minor second surgery. Abutments are crucial in this process because they connect the replacement tooth to the dental implant. We might have to perform an incision if the abutment is added during the second procedure.
Once everything is done, the placement of the crown completes the process. We place a dental crown on the implant to give it a natural look.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Placement Process Take?
The dental implant placement process takes anywhere between two to six months. It is basically a three-month process that takes a different approach depending on the individual's needs.
It might take longer in people with underlying oral conditions as they will need time to recover. It will take longer than a single implant placement if you need several missing teeth replacements. These factors affect how long it takes to place dental implants in a patient.
Call to Schedule Your Dental Implant Placement Today!
Do you have missing teeth and looking to restore your smile? Dental implants are the way to go. Our team at Palo Alto Oral Health will perform a dental implant placement procedure that will replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Call (650) 321-9693 to schedule your appointment.