Permanently Restore Lost Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental Implants are Safe and Effective
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
- Prevents bone tissue loss: Titanium implants preserve the strength and functionality of your jawbone. Our natural tooth roots extend up into the jaw bone. When a tooth root is lost, the gap left behind can weaken the bone significantly. Implants proactively protect bone tissue and stabilize your jaw, helping protect your remaining teeth as well.
- Permanent restoration: Implants, when cared for properly, can last for the rest of your life. While bridges may need replacement every 10 years, titanium implants do not need replacement.
- Natural appearance: To maintain the natural profile of your face and smile, dental implants prevent jaw bone loss that can cause a “sunken” appearance. For your smile, custom porcelain crowns are placed at the end of the implant to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. Once your restoration is fully completed, implants are undetectable when smiling and speaking.
- Better quality of life: Missing teeth impair your ability to chew normally and speak. Once dental implants are placed and integrated into your mouth, they function just like natural teeth and restore the ability to eat and speak normally.
What to Expect
- An examination can determine the strength of the jaw bone that has experience tooth loss. A bone graft may be required before an implant can be placed. Bone grafting requires an additional healing period before implant placement can be completed.
- Once the bone graft has healed, Dr. Tran places the dental implant in the mouth, extending up into the jaw bone.
- A healing period (usually lasting 4-6 months) follows. During this time, the jaw and mouth heals and acclimates to the implant through a biological process called osseointegration.
- Finally, an abutment — a small cap to connect the dental implant to the porcelain crown — is placed on the implant near the natural gum line. To finish, a permanent dental crown is securely fastened to the abutment.
Once Dr. Tran completes the implant placement procedure and healing has progressed, patients are able to eat, drink, speak, and smile just as they normally would. Caring for the newly-restored tooth is just as easy as caring for natural teeth: daily brushings and flossing at home, combined with bi-annual dental cleanings and examinations.