Single Dental ImplantsVista, CA
Many people ask us: What is a dental implant?
The best way to describe a single dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth through the gum tissue to the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace a tooth, we first have to replace the root. Essentially, a dental implant is a new root. This titanium root is fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw, replacing the lost root of your natural tooth. Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant will need to heal for two to six months.
Dental implants offer permanent solution for patients with missing teeth
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When this initial phase of healing is completed
A support post called an abutment will be placed into the implant itself and then a new crown will be placed on top
Dental implants can be used to provide support for the replacement of one tooth or all of an individual’s teeth. After years of research and clinical trials, we can now provide this option in addition to the traditional treatments just described. Implant-supported teeth can be cemented, screw-retained, or removable and can be made attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.
In San Diego, CA, dental implants at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry have helped many regain confidence in their smiles. If you’re considering dental implants, we will perform a few simple tests, including a Pano Scan to see if you are a good candidate. Dental x-rays and, frequently, panoramic (or complete) x-rays of your jaws will be taken to evaluate your jawbone and to determine if it will accommodate implants. Occasionally, more detailed information is required and can be provided by special x-rays. This information will help determine if additional tests or procedures are needed to place your implants properly.
Other Tooth Replacement Options Include:
- A removable partial denture is a removable plastic tooth that is inexpensive, but fragile and should be considered as a temporary fix.
- A cast partial denture also is removable but is precision cast in metal for longer service life. Wire clips help hold it in place.
- A fixed bridge, or a tooth supported bridge, is cemented into place using crowns or “caps” on the teeth adjacent to the open space for support. Crown placement usually requires removing or reducing the outer layer of the supporting tooth.
- Full dentures or “plates” are the traditional solution for people who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws. The success of a full denture depends upon the individual’s jaw size and shape, his or her oral habits, and his or her adaptability. Some people adapt well to full dentures, while others are not able to adapt.
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