If you have experienced tooth loss, you are among millions of other Americans. Disease, injury, or normal wear and tear often lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, there are options available to restore the strength and appearance of your teeth, improving the health of your mouth as well as your confidence. Azar Mahmoudi, DDS and the team at Pūr Dentistry in San Ramon, California, are experts in the installation and care of dental implants. Call or go online today to schedule your consultation to learn more.
Dental implants are anchors made out of metal that are surgically placed into the jawbone. These anchors serve as substitutes for the root of the tooth. Over time, these implants fuse with the bone to make a strong base. Once fused together, posts are added to these artificial roots, protruding through the gums. Replacement teeth are then placed on top of these posts, creating a natural look and feel.
One advantage of dental implants is that they look, feel, and function just like normal teeth. With dental implants, you regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence knowing that your teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, dental implants can help maintain facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will first undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations are addressed by Dr. Azar and the Pūr Dentistry team. If Dr. Azar feels that the procedure is right for you, a thorough and individualized plan of care is developed for your unique situation.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone, which gradually bond together over the next 3-6 months. During this time, most patients do quite well eating soft foods, and can wear temporary replacement teeth, such as dentures.
The second part of the process after the root has had time to bond to the bone. The surgeon uncovers the implants and installs a small healing collar. Dr. Azar then starts making your new teeth after taking an impression of your mouth. Posts or attachments are connected to the implants, and the replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. Most patients complete the entire procedure in a month and a half to two months, and it rarely causes any significant disruption to their normal life activities.
Yes, dental implants are considered to be safe. The team at Pūr Dentistry takes all surgical precautions necessary and works hard to maintain the safety and efficacy of their implants. Proper oral hygiene and care are very important once an implant has been put into place to ensure the longevity of the implant.
To learn if dental implants are right for you, call or go online to schedule your first consultation.