The minute you lost your permanent adult teeth, your confidence plummeted. We’ve seen many patients experience that same feeling. On the upside, Fit Dental has also seen many patients smile with more confidence than ever after replacing their teeth with dental implants in Yuba City. If you’re considering replacing your teeth, this may be the best option for you. Is this the first time you’ve heard of this modern restorative option? You likely have a lot of questions. Hopefully, we can answer some of them here.
What are dental implants?
When patients think about a restorative option, they think about the visible portion of the tooth. This isn’t necessarily the wrong vision because dental implants do replace the crown of your tooth—but they also do much more than that as well. Dental implants also consist of a tiny titanium implant post that serves the same function as a tooth’s root.
Why are the implant posts made of titanium?
Titanium is a unique metal in that it is capable of “osseointegration,” which in simplified terms means it’s capable of fusing to bone because of its biocompatible properties. Titanium is more resistant to corrosion from bodily fluids than any other metal and is highly durable throughout the years of prospective use. That resistance is another key reason it’s a favorite for hip and knee replacements.
How are dental implants placed?
One of our trusted oral surgeons will create a small incision in the gum through which they will drill a small hole in the jaw bone and properly place your dental implant. Then the implant, which resembles a very small screw with a hole on the top, is permanently screwed into the jaw. The implant itself, once placed, should be below the gum line. Don’t worry, you’ll be sedated with effective sedatives and have plenty of helpful pain medications to assist you through the healing process.
How long does the entire process take?
Traditional implant procedures require a period of approximately five or six months following placement. This time is used to ensure the implant is fully fused to the jaw bone. However, there are a variety of factors that could affect the length of time osseointegration requires, such as the person’s health, jawbone density, and lifestyle habits. We can cut out some of the unnecessary referrals and out-of-office appointments because your team at Fit Dental can both place and restore your dental implants with custom dental prosthetics. Each case is different, so it’s best to discuss your individual circumstances with your dentist in Yuba City.
Are you a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Jawbone deterioration plays a big part in our dental health and plays a part in being eligible for dental implants. Your dentist will have to examine its dentistry to determine whether you’ll need bone grafting before your dental implant procedure. In the meantime, you should ask yourself these questions before moving forward with a dental implant procedure:
- Do I have pink, healthy gums?
- Do I honestly practice good oral hygiene?
- Am I a non-smoker? Or am I willing to stop smoking to get my dental implants?
- Am I committed to the time it takes to heal during the implant process?
- Do I have any auto-immune disorders or existing medical conditions?
It’s Time to Restore Your Missing Teeth!
Contact our office to schedule a consultation regarding dental implants and restorations. The best way to move forward with replacing missing teeth is to discuss options that fit your lifestyle with your dentist.