Dental implants have revolutionized the field of modern dentistry, providing patients with a highly viable solution to tooth replacement. A dental implant refers to an artificial tooth that is placed, or implanted, into your jaw where a dental crown is then capped on top for a complete tooth that looks and even feels like a real tooth.
Dr. Saman Edalat may recommend dental implants to replace one tooth, two or three teeth when combined with bridgework, or even all your teeth when combined with dentures.
Who is the right candidate for dental implants?
Most adults are good candidates for dental implants, though there are some cases where Dr. Edalat may recommend an alternative tooth replacement option. The most troublesome procedure involves placement of dental implants into your upper jaw because of its close proximity to your sinus cavity.
In order for an implant to be placed into the jawbone, there must be enough space and bone density to support the implant. Patients with low bone density have a high risk of dental implant failure, and may need to consider alternative treatments.
That said, dental implants have very high success rates of up to 98% because of evolving techniques. Moreover, they offer superior stability over other traditional options such as dental bonding.
The Procedure – What To Expect
If you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants, Dr. Edalat will first implant a titanium post into the jawbone that will undergo a process known as Osseointegration to fuse with the surrounding bone. This process takes several months for the implant to fully bond with the existing bone tissue, creating an extremely strong and stable support for the tooth replacement that is similar to what a real tooth offers.
Afterwards, Dr. Edalat will place an abutment connector onto the titanium implant where a dental crown can be attached. The dental crown will me customized to blend in with your existing teeth in terms of size, shape, and shade, giving it a natural, aesthetic look that is difficult to distinguish from the natural teeth.
Consult With Our Dentist Today
To find out whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call our office for more information.