dental implantIf you have a missing tooth — whether from extraction or damage — you likely want to have it replaced as soon as possible. There are several ways of accomplishing this: a dental bridge or dentures, for example, can provide a new, prosthetic tooth. Though aesthetically effective, these methods can leave something desired, as they do not fully feel like secure teeth within your mouth. Dental implants, on the other hand, go into your gum line and attach to your jawbone, resulting in a very natural, snug fit. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses dental implants and the myriad benefits they provide.

What Are They?

They are metal posts — typically made from biocompatible titanium — that are surgically placed beneath your gum line. They attach to your jawbone over time (usually between four to six weeks) via osseointegration, which is when your bone fuses to the metal. Once they are secure, your dentist or dentist can affix the dental implant with a prosthetic tooth or they can be used to support other oral prosthetics like a bridge or implant-retained dentures. 

The Benefits

The primary benefit to this is that it is permanent; you won’t have to worry about anything shifting or coming out. This can provide helpful peace of mind as you navigate your life. Another major perk is that implants can help stimulate your jawbone, which helps ensure it stays healthy and maintains a sufficient density. When you chew and speak, your natural teeth — that have roots deep in your gums — help stimulate your jaw, which also releases important nutrients into your blood. Implants can provide similar effects.

What The Procedure Is Like?

When you come in for implant surgery, your dentist fully sedates you, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort. From there they will carefully insert the titanium posts into your jawbone. The procedure only takes about an hour, and your jaw should be fully healed in two to four months, though the implant will fuse in several weeks. Once it does fuse, we will fit it with a crown, bridge, or the appropriate prosthetic for your specific needs. As always, your dentist or dentist will provide you with plenty of instructions to care for it appropriately. Overall, make sure you brush it and floss regularly to minimize the build-up of bacteria

Contact Us To Learn More About Dental Implants

You do not need to live with a missing tooth. We can provide you with a permanent solution to ensure you are happy and confident in your smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you.