How Dental Implants Work?
By Santa Rosa Dental Care
March 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about how these tooth replacements actually work to replace missing teeth.

Are you looking for a tooth restoration that actually lasts? Then it’s time to talk to your Santa Rosa, CA dentist and your oral surgeon, implants Jeffrey Elliott and Dr. Peter Lyu, about getting dental implants. There is no longer-lasting or more natural-looking option than dental implants and they could greatly improve your smile.

Getting a dental implant takes several visits (but we promise it’s well worth it!):

1st visit: This is the consultation phase where we decide if your smile is right for implants. You will sit down with your restorative dentist in Santa Rosa to discuss your medical history, after which we will conduct an oral exam and take images of your smile to make sure your jawbone and mouth are healthy enough for implants.

2nd visit: The next step is to place your dental implant, which is an artificial tooth root. The implant, which may or may not already come with a built-in abutment (which helps connect the crown to the implant), will be surgically placed into the jawbone. Over the course of a couple months the implant will integrate with bone to become a long-term foundation from which to hold a false tooth.

3rd visit: If the implant doesn’t already have an abutment, we will open up the gums and place the abutment over the implant. After this procedure we will wait a couple weeks for everything to heal before placing your restoration.

4th visit: Your new dental crown is made and ready to be cemented over the abutment to finally finish off your treatment and to give you your new replacement tooth. Once you leave our office,, you’ll be leaving with a brand new and perfectly restored smile.

Of course you will still need to come into our Santa Rosa dental office every six months for routine cleanings and exams. It’s important that you continue to maintain good oral health to ensure that your implant lasts the rest of your life.

Dental implants have been helping countless individuals get their smiles back and they could do the same for you. Isn’t it time you called your Santa Rosa, CA cosmetic dentist at Santa Rosa Dental Care and scheduled your consultation?