Dental implants offer a modern and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. At Excellence Dental Services and their affiliated practices in Fullerton, California, their dental professionals offer high-quality dental implants that can make your smile look better and improve your overall oral health. Get started with your dental implants today by calling or using the online scheduling tool to book a visit.
Dental implants are tiny posts that biologically fuse with your jaw after your dentist implants them in your bone tissue.
They can become an integrated part of your bone tissue because they’re made from biocompatible materials, most commonly titanium or ceramic. Your body doesn’t register these materials as foreign substances, so your jaw simply incorporates the implant into your bone tissue, where it functions just like an artificial tooth root.
Dental implants serve as an anchor or support to which your dentist can attach a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. The combination of a dental implant and restoration gives you a tooth replacement that’s functionally identical to your natural teeth.
Dental implants improve the look and health of your smile in many different ways, like:
What really sets dental implants apart from other tooth-replacement solutions, like bridges and dentures, is the fact that they provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation. When your jawbone doesn’t receive stimulation, as is the case with bridges and dentures, your bone tissue begins to deteriorate. This can lead to a weakened jawbone and a sunken-in appearance on your face.
Because dental implants connect directly to your jawbone, they stave off this bone loss, giving you an even healthier smile.
Your dental professional can install your dental implants with a few procedures spread out over several months.
In the first procedure, they install the implant by making a small incision in your jawbone and a small hole in your jaw, placing the implant inside, and stitching you up. As you heal over the next few months, the implant and your bone fuse.
Once your implant has fused, you come back to the office so the dentist can affix your abutment. Your abutment is a small post that attaches to your implant and sticks up above your gum, where it eventually attaches to your restoration.
With your gums healed and your abutment in place, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a lab. The lab designs and fabricates your crown, bridge, or dentures so that they fit perfectly on your dental implant and feel comfortable and natural in your mouth.
When your restoration comes back from the lab, your dentist uses dental cement to permanently bond it to your smile, giving you a beautiful and functional new tooth.
Start your tooth replacement journey with dental implants today by calling Excellence Dental Services or scheduling a visit online.