Tooth loss is a common issue, even with today’s advancements in dental care. Dental implants are one solution for tooth loss, and they’ve proven to be an effective and lasting way for replacing missing teeth. At Claremont Dental Arts in Claremont, California, Dr. Melissa Khurasany can discuss the pros and cons of dental implants with you and refer you to a dental implant specialist nearby.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Because dental implants don’t rely on other teeth for support, they are very stable and permanent. While tooth-supported bridges only last five to 15 years, with proper care, dental implants can last your entire lifetime.
The main advantage of dental implants is that overall, they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. That makes dental implants more predictable than other methods of restoration.
There are also several other related advantages of dental implants, especially when compared to dentures or dental bridges. These include:
After creating a treatment plan to meet your needs, the specialist will anchor the implant — which is a tiny post made out of titanium — into your jawbone. You’ll likely receive local anesthesia beforehand, and you can talk with your specialist beforehand about this. After the implant is in, your jawbone will heal and grow around the implant, securing it in place. This healing process can take up to 6-12 weeks.
After the dental implant has fused to your jawbone, a connector post is attached to the implant. Now, your specialist can create a replacement tooth, or crown, and attach it to the connector post. Most people who receive dental implants say that the process involves less pain than a tooth extraction.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you should have healthy gums and enough bone for the implant to hold onto. Heavy smokers may not be ideal candidates for implants, and if you have chronic health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, you’ll need to discuss getting dental implants with your doctor.
If you’re considering dental implants, Dr. Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts is happy to consult with you and answer any questions you have. She’ll then refer you to a dental implant specialist in the Claremont area.
Notes: refers them out for now (to a nearby specialist) - wanted to include this since it is so highly searched and she plans on eventually bringing it in-house. Only discuss that she refers it to a nearby specialist for now, though.