Having a less than perfect smile could give you a reason to hide yours. Dental implants help men and women replace missing teeth with a natural-looking prosthetic. As a leading provider of expert dental care, Swapna Raveendranath, DDS, and the Shine Dental team help patients seeking dental implants in Fremont, California. Book an appointment online or call to schedule an appointment today.
When struggling with a missing tooth, a dental implant can be an ideal choice to replace it. A dental implant is a small titanium post which acts as the roots of a lost tooth. This post secures a tailor-made dental crown to the jaw. The crown acts as the visible portion of the tooth. These implants can keep several problems from occurring such as shifting teeth, trouble keeping teeth clean, loss of jawbone tissue, grinding and clenching, and pain in the jaw joints.
When a tooth has fallen out or been knocked out, the jawbone and gum tissue around the gap can start to shrink because of lack of stimulation. A lost tooth can also affect the person’s bite, changing how he or she chews food. The neighboring teeth also start to shift in towards each other. In addition, the opposite tooth can start to extend down from its socket.
When the teeth angle like this, it can create difficult to clean areas near these teeth and a buildup of plaque and bacteria can occur. This buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Grinding and clenching, and even TMJ pain, can also develop when too much pressure is put on the teeth which have moved.
To have these installed, three visits are required. During the first visit, the post is implanted into the jawbone. Before the second visit, several weeks are allowed to pass so the dental post can fuse with the bone. When the second visit takes place, an abutment will be secured to the top of the implant. This special piece allows the post to attach to a dental crown. An impression of this gap will also be made and then a lab will fabricate the crown. When it is ready, the crown is attached to the post.
Dental implants should last a lifetime, as long as patients take good care of them. It is also important to visit the dentist every six months.
Call or go online to schedule your consultation with Swapna Raveendranath, DDS, of Shine Dental today.