Find out just how dental implants in Santa Rosa work and whether they are right for you.
Tooth loss can happen to anyone. Severe decay, direct trauma and even serious forms of gum disease can certainly take a nasty toll on smiles and be the cause of your tooth loss. If you are dealing with missing teeth, then you may be weighing your options right now. If so, your Santa Rosa dentist has probably mentioned dental implants. However, before you make a decision it’s best to know everything you need to about dental implants before you commit.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket. They act as tooth’s roots, holding an artificial tooth (also referred to as a dental crown) firmly in place. The dental implant is made up of three pieces: the implant itself, a dental abutment and the dental crown.
How is an implant placed in the mouth?
The first step is to open up the gums where the missing tooth once was and drill a small hole into the jawbone. Then the implant is properly fitted into the hole within the jawbone.
How does the implant stay in place once it’s embedded into the jawbone?
Over the course of a couple months a process known as osseointegration happens, which is the main reason dental implants are so successful. Osseointegration is when the surrounding tissue and bone begin to restructure and grow around the implant to hold it securely in place. This process occurs after the implant is embedded into the jawbone.
How does the dental crown attach to the implant?
Once osseointegration is complete we use a metal abutment, which acts as a connector between the implant and the crown. By using the abutment, we can firmly attach a tooth-like dental crown to the implant to replace your missing tooth.
To find out whether dental implants in Santa Rosa could give you the smile you want, schedule a consultation with us today. We can determine whether your smile is healthy enough for implants and start you on the road to a healthier smile.