Basics of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium “root” device used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Benefits of dental implants:
Improved appearance and speech: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
Improved comfort and better chewing: Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. They even feel like your own teeth.
Durability: Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. Success rates of dental implants are over 95 percent
So, what are the basic steps to a dental implant?
After a complete dental exam, which includes: photos, study models, periodontal assessment, we take a digital image using an Advanced Digital Panoramic unit, which allows us to determine the bone level.
For a simple missing tooth, the first appointment takes about one hour, it is done under local anesthetic, however for our apprehensive patients, we have Nitrous Oxide.
Once the dental implant is placed, another digital image is taken to confirm proper seating of the implant. At this point, we placed a temporary on top of the implant and usually we see the patient in about four months time. This is an important stage, as it allows the implant to Osseointegrate, which basically means it becomes part of your jaw, just like any other teeth!
In four months, we remove the temporary, check to make sure the Implant is stable, which in over 95 percent of cases is successful. Then we simply take an impression of the dental implant, this does not require any drilling. Finally, in two weeks time, the final porcelain crow is ready for delivery. This appointment also does not require any anesthesia.
For a free consultation, simply call our office, and our friendly staff will take care of everything else. For your convenience we offer morning, evening and weekend appointments.
We look forward to meeting you and your family.
The Bridgeport Aesthetic Dentistry Team
Bridgeport Aesthetic Dentistry is conveniently located inside the Bridgeport Market Place, at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road & McBeann Pkwy.
Bridgeport Aesthetic Dentistry is located at 24001 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 200 in Valencia. For details, please call 661-222-9229.
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