Dentures can replace several teeth and even entire arches quickly and effectively, but they never truly feel quite the same as natural teeth. Dental bridges can also work to replace teeth and prevent shifting from occurring, but they won’t last forever. When it comes to tooth replacement, there truly is only one solution that mimics the feel, function, and aesthetic you had before: dental implants.
Dental implants in Pasadena offer a solution to tooth loss that is unmatched. To see if you’re a candidate, keep reading.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are straight titanium posts designed to integrate with the jawbone directly. Other surgical implantations make use of titanium as well, including hip implants. The reason dentists use titanium is because it’s biocompatible, meaning it integrates with the body incredibly well, without rejection. Because of this quality, dental implants are incredibly sturdy and last for many years without failing. In many cases, the success rate of implants is between 95 and 98 percent!
Furthermore, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that solves all the chronic problems associated with tooth loss simultaneously, including:
- Bone resorption (a shrinking and weakening jawbone)
- Loss of blood flow (leading to lost facial elasticity)
- A limited diet (leading to higher chances of malnutrition)
Thanks to the all-porcelain crowns your dentist in Pasadena makes in-house, you’ll be guaranteed an implant that blends in perfectly with your existing teeth.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
Before any treatment can begin, you’ll need to have a consultation with your dentist to ensure your mouth can receive dental implants effectively. While more patients are able to get dental implants today than a few decades ago, eligible patients will need:
- Healthy gums
- A commitment to oral hygiene
- Adequate bone density and quality
- Good overall health (tobacco use, alcohol, and people with chronic health conditions have significantly lower success rates)
- Treatment for bruxism, if present
In some cases, your dentist can help you achieve proper eligibility. For example, bone grafts can be done to give your mouth the bone density it needs to receive implants. Our Cone Beam 3D Xray allows us to properly assess the amount of bone to plan for the implant.
What Does the Process Entail?
The implantation process occurs in two phases: the implant/healing phase and the placement phase.
First, your dentist uses a cone beam scanner to take a 3D X-ray. This will help her and her team determine where they can place the implant as well as produce a surgical guide. After a few weeks, you’ll come in to have it placed, leading to the healing stage. Healing takes anywhere from three to six months, depending on where the implant was placed.
Once the implant has sufficiently integrated and the gum tissue has healed, you’ll come back to have your abutment and restoration placed. The abutment acts as a screw between the crown and the implant. After taking an impression and having them produced, you’ll walk out of the office with a rejuvenated smile and all the functions you had before!
Don’t settle for less effective tooth replacements. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to learn if dental implants in Pasadena are right for you!
About the Author
With the help of his team, Dr. Christopher Sierra can get your implants placed right in his office, rather than send you to an oral surgeon offsite. After earning his DDS degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, he continued his training in placing implant restorations. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.