Dental implants are a type of artificial tooth root that our dentist at Dr. Namching J. Young, DDS, surgically places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Unlike other types of false teeth, dental implants are anchored to your jawbone with titanium screws, which makes them incredibly secure and unlikely to slip out of place when talking and chewing.
Because dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they are a popular option for patients who want to replace one or several missing teeth or even an entire set of teeth. However, implants can take time to heal before the dentist places the replacement teeth on top. Once they have fused with the bone, they will last for many years. This makes dental implants an excellent choice for patients tired of dealing with loose dentures who want a permanent solution that will give them confidence.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
The dentist will carefully place the dental implant in the jawbone, where it will act as an artificial tooth root. Then, the gums are closed over the implant so no bacteria can enter the area and cause infection. The patient will experience some bleeding and tenderness following the procedure, but pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort.
It is essential to follow a diet of soft foods for the first few weeks of healing from the procedure. Avoid hard or crunchy food choices that can damage the implant or irritate the gums. Patients should also brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and maintain regular cleanings and exams with their dentist to ensure their smile is bright and healthy.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace missing tooth roots. These implants can be put in after a tooth is lost or extracted and act as a replacement for the natural tooth root. This can help strengthen the jaw, prevent bone loss, and improve a person’s bite.
Dental implants improve the way a person speaks, chews, and looks. They also help prevent bone deterioration in the jaw and help support the remaining natural teeth. Because the implants act like the root of a natural tooth, they help prevent further tooth loss and damage to the surrounding teeth. Once their treatment is complete, patients experience an improved quality of life with dental implants.
Patients of all ages can get dental implants, but the best candidates are those with enough bone density in their jaws to support an implant. Visit Dr. Namching J. Young, DDS, at 486 E Campbell Ave #101, Campbell, CA 95008, or call (408) 374-9457 to learn more about dental implants.