At Caton J. State, DDS, Periodontics & Dental Implants, we specialize in providing high-quality dental implants to our patients. Implants can be used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, giving you a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to your dental problems. Below, we’ll discuss what dental implants are, how they can benefit you, and the types we offer. If you have any questions, contact our Citrus Heights, CA office today!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth. These implants are typically made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that integrates with the jawbone over time in a process called osseointegration.
The dental implant process usually involves several steps.
- First, a thorough examination is performed to determine if the patient is a good candidate for dental implants.
- Next, our team will plan out the placement and surgically implant the titanium rods into the jawbone.
- Over time, the implant will fuse with the bone and become a stable foundation for the restoration.
- Once the implant has integrated with the bone, a small connector, called an abutment, is placed on top of the implant to support the restoration.
- Finally, the restoration is attached to the abutment to complete the process
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits, including:
- Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, which can help improve the overall appearance of your smile.
- Better speech: Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures can affect your ability to speak clearly. Dental implants can help improve your speech and pronunciation.
- Comfort: Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and won’t slip around or cause irritation by creating friction against the gums.
- Enhanced oral health: Dental implants can help preserve the bone in your jaw and prevent further bone loss that can occur with missing teeth.
- Increased functionality: Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods without difficulty and enjoy smiling and laughing without the worry of your teeth shifting or slipping.
Single style implants are used to replace a single missing tooth. The implant is placed into the jawbone, and a dental crown is attached to the implant. Single implants look and feel like natural teeth and can help improve your smile and overall oral health.
While a single missing tooth may not seem like a big problem, failure to replace it may cause neighboring teeth to shift into the empty space—impacting your smile alignment and increasing your risk of facing future oral health problems.
Implant-supported bridges are a type of dental restoration that is designed to replace several missing teeth in a sequence. Unlike traditional bridges, which rely on adjacent teeth for support, implant-supported bridges are anchored to dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The implants are placed on either side of the gap and the bridge prosthetic is attached by abutments. This provides a stable and long-lasting foundation for the replacement teeth.
Teeth-In-An-Hour implants are a type of dental implant process that allows patients to receive fully functioning teeth in just one appointment. These implants are also known as immediate-load dental implants and are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and efficiency.
Developed by Nobel Biocare, the Teeth-In-An-Hour implant procedure involves using advanced computer-aided technology to create a 3D image of the patient’s mouth. This image is used to designate the precise placement of each implant prior to surgery. The process also involves the fabrication of a custom-made dental restoration that is attached to the implants during the implant-placement appointment.
If you are interested in dental implants, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team of dental professionals will evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options with you to help you make an informed decision about your dental care.