In recent blogs, we have talked about how prosthetics such as bridges or dentures can replace missing teeth. This has several benefits including improving your appearance and helping support the function of your teeth. Dental implants are another way to fill the gaps in your smile. This permanent structure is secured into your jaw and the attached crown will blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. Today, your Riverside Dental Group in California is here to tell you more about how an implant functions.
Who Benefits From An Implant
Due to the nature of this prosthetic, patients receiving an implant must have a stable jaw, healthy gum tissues, and good oral health. Although dentures and bridges are good prosthetic options, they are not as sturdy as implants. If you are currently a patient with dentures or a bridge, an implant can give you the added benefit of rebuilding the root of your missing tooth. For patients missing some areas of their dentition, you can talk to your dentist about if this is the best method for you.
Placing The Implant
Receiving this tooth replacement will take several appointments. Before beginning the process, you will need to have a consultation with your dentist. During this process, your oral cavity will be examined to ensure that your gums and bones are healthy. They will also need information about your current and past medical history.
Once it is determined that you can have an implant, the preparation process will begin. If necessary, the remaining part of your tooth will be removed. The entire structure, including the root, will need to be removed so that the post can be inserted. An impression of your oral cavity will be sent to a lab to create the permanent piece. Then, the post will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. The post will fuse to the jaw naturally in a process known as osseointegration. This may take several months. In the meantime, you can wear a temporary crown. After you have recovered, the permanent crown will be secured to the abutment.
This permanent prosthetic piece can last for several years, even decades. You will not need to worry about removing dentures to clean or having to struggle with cleaning your bridge. They are highly durable and can even prevent bone loss. And, of course, you will have a complete smile.
Talk To Your Dentist About Implants Today
Call your closest Riverside Dental Group location today to schedule an implant service.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.