If you’re among the 180 million Americans missing one or more teeth, you may be interested in restorative dentistry such as dental implants. The team at EZ Dental in San Jose, California, offers dental implants to replace a missing tooth and restore the functioning of your mouth with long-lasting results. Schedule an appointment by calling the practice and speaking with a friendly team member or using the convenient online booking tool.
Dental implants are artificial teeth to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, providing greater strength than traditional dentures. Dental implants are made of metal or ceramic, and placed into the jawbone to secure a crown or bridge in the place of the missing tooth.
Not everyone who is missing a tooth or multiple teeth can get a dental implant. You need proper bone density to secure the implant, and you must maintain good oral hygiene habits to avoid infection. If you are not a candidate for a dental implant, you might consider dental bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth.
Placing a dental implant requires surgery. Your dentist will take X-rays and use special tools to prep your jawbone for the implant, place the implant in the bone, and then wait for the implant to fuse with the bone. Your bone tissue will heal around the implant to anchor it in place.
Anesthesia is administered to maintain your comfort during the procedure. After your bone has healed, you return to EZ Dental to attach your restoration like a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
When properly cared for, dental implants last 25 years or more. They’re designed as a permanent tooth replacement and can support pressure from chewing or biting just like a natural tooth because they are anchored into the jawbone. Dental implants also prevent bone deterioration by preserving the natural tooth tissue and reducing the load on your remaining teeth.
The exposed parts of your dental implant are more susceptible to damage than the part fused with your jawbone. At some point your attached crown, bridge, or dentures will need replacing.
Caring for dental implants requires the same hygiene practices as properly caring for your natural teeth:
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, call EZ Dental or schedule an appointment online today.