More than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If that describes you, consider exploring dental implants with the team at Smiles of San Jose in San Jose, California. Dental implants are the premier tooth-replacement option used by dental professionals today. With implants, you can enjoy healthy-looking prosthetic teeth that fill gaps in your smile and provide functional benefits. To set up a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are a practical solution to missing teeth. This treatment option requires your dentist to implant a small metal post that is placed deep in your jawbone, which creates a durable foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are supported by implants will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Oral surgery for dental implants is an involved process, but it’s not painful or too complicated. Because implants are incredibly effective, they are well worth the time and effort it takes to have them placed.
Getting dental implants requires at least two in-office visits with the team at Smiles of San Jose. The first step is scheduling your oral surgery appointment with your dentist.
In the planning stage, your dentist uses CBCT imaging scans to plan for the placement of your implants. The X-ray scans allow your dentist to gain a better look at the nerve pathways, soft tissue, and bone before deciding where to place your implant strategically.
Before oral surgery, your dentist at Smiles of San Jose will administer a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The team at Smiles of San Jose uses the cutting edge DIOnavi® system, which is less invasive than older implant systems. It involves using a special dental drill to insert the implant directly into your jawbone.
During the procedure, you won’t feel much of anything. However, afterward, your jaw will need time to heal. This healing period with the DIOnavi system is shorter than with traditional, older implant systems. The implant needs time to fuse to your jawbone so it can support replacement teeth properly. Recovery time for dental implants typically takes a couple of months.
Once your jawbone has fully healed, you’ll come back in to have your permanent, natural-looking restoration attached to your implant.
Dental implants offer many significant benefits for individuals with missing teeth, including:
If you have a weak or insufficient jawbone that can’t properly support implants, you will need an additional procedure called bone grafting. During bone grafting, your dentist grafts additional bonelike material onto your jawbone to help strengthen the area and better support implants.
Most dental implants will last a lifetime if you practice good oral hygiene. Approximately 90% of all dental implants last at least 30 years. However, the longevity of your implant depends largely on you. Make sure to continue brushing, flossing, and maintaining your regularly scheduled cleanings with the team at Smiles of San Jose.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, call the office, or schedule a consultation online today.