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Dental Implants Replace Petaluma Missing Teeth

woman wearing polka dots smilingDental implants are titanium roots to replace natural ones that are missing. The implant post is placed in the jaw where a tooth once existed, with one or more replacement teeth attached. The surgery to place the implant in the jawbone is typically a simple procedure, and recovery is relatively quick, with minor discomfort for a day or so.

Following implant surgery, the jawbone typically requires 3 to 4 months to become fully joined with the implant. During this time, you probably won’t be aware of your implant because the placement site is covered by your natural gum tissue. After the healing period, the surgeon uncovers the implant(s) in preparation for your replacement teeth.

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Uses of Dental Implant

Implants can be used in a wide variety of ways, ranging from replacing a single tooth, to supporting a removable bridge, to anchoring a full denture.

Single tooth replacement is a wonderful option, as it allows dentists to replace missing teeth without reshaping the teeth on either side of the new tooth. Dentists consider this the most conservative way to replace a tooth. Dental implants have a very high success rate. They resist decay and disease to provide unsurpassed durability and longevity.

Implant-supported bridges and dentures can be directly affixed to implant posts via “snaps” or special bars that the replacement teeth clip on to. For patients with loose, uncomfortable dentures, dental implants can provide a life-changing experience. Having the security to smile and chew with teeth that are securely attached can enhance your appearance, confidence, and overall health and wellbeing.

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Dental Implant Candidacy

Ideal implant candidates have good oral and overall health. Additionally, adequate bone structure is needed to place the implants. In these cases, implant placement is fairly straightforward. When insufficient bone quality is present, modern grafting procedures can enhance bone mass in preparation of dental implant surgery. State-of-the-art technology will provide information about your jawbone structure and density. At your dental implant consultation, we will determine whether implants are the right solution for your smile.