A dental implant is a surgically prosthetic tooth attached to the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. At City Family Dental & Implant Centre, they are typically made of titanium, a metal that gives the implants the strength and stability they need to withstand chewing forces. The implant is fused to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. This process ensures the implant is stable and stays in place without slipping or moving in the mouth.
A simple oral surgery procedure will insert a titanium post into the jawbone. This will be performed first if a bone graft or sinus lift is needed. Once the jaw has healed and the post is secure in the bone, an abutment will be placed on top to connect the implant to the crown. Lastly, the custom-made crown is affixed to the top of the implant. The entire process takes several months to complete. However, the results will be more than worth it! Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. This can create better stability and health benefits compared to dentures and bridges.
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth slowly shift out of place. This can affect your bite and lead to a new set of problems in the future. By replacing a single missing tooth with dental implants, you can preserve the health and integrity of your smile for decades to come.
If you are considering replacing the gaps in your teeth or are tired of slipping dentures, visit City Family Dental & Implant Centre at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 554-1700 to discuss whether dental implants are right for you.