Are you looking for Dental Implants in San Jose, CA? Dr Rana Baroudi provides high quality dental care for her patients in San Jose, CA
For those that have missing teeth and are looking for a long-term solution, dental implants are a great option. They make a great alternative to removable or partial dentures. Dental implants provide excellent support and stability.
Dental implants are made up of artificial roots (often titanium) and false teeth. These roots are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. Implants can be extremely natural looking and can greatly enhance a patient’s smile.
Dental implants are stable, strong, durable, and reliable. While the prosthetic will eventually need to be swapped, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.
There are a lot of reasons why you’ll want to consider dental implants. Some of the advantages of dental implants include:
There are a few steps to the process of getting dental implants, and you should expect dental implants to take a few visits and several months to place. While they are a long-term solution, they aren’t ready overnight.
The first step of the process is a trip to the dentist for an examination. During this exam, your dentist will perform a visual inspection and take x-rays. This will allow them to determine if you are a good candidate for the placement of dental implants.
Once the dentist has decided that you are a good candidate for implants, they will schedule the initial procedure. During the procedure, the area will be numbed, and the implant will be surgically installed into the jawbone. Your dentist will then allow time for the implant to heal and integrate with the bone. This process may take upwards of six months, but it may be less. Depending on the type of dental implant, a second surgery may be needed to place the post that holds the tooth or teeth in place. For other types of implants, the post and anchor are already placed.
After some weeks of healing, the dental prosthetic or prosthetics are created and fitted to the implant. As several fittings may be required, this step can take one or two months to complete. The artificial tooth or teeth are attached to the implant after the healing period is complete.
Aftercare instructions will be provided after the procedure is finished. It’s very important to follow the aftercare instructions. Proper oral hygiene and eating habits are necessary. You also need to visit your dentist regularly and not skip any appointments.
Before you know it, you’ll have your beautiful new teeth placed and you can smile again with confidence!
Dental implants aren’t just one thing. There are actually a few different types of implants. Below are the most common types of dental implants:
Single implants are a great solution for patients that need to replace a single tooth. These implants require one post to be placed for one prosthetic tooth. With that said, your dentist may decide to place multiple single implants as a solution for more than one missing tooth.
For patients that have more than one missing tooth, an implant-supported bridge may be the right option. While implant-supported bridges are similar to traditional bridges, they can provide an extra layer of security and support.
Snap-in dentures are similar to traditional dentures but are much more secure. Like with traditional dentures, snap-in dentures can and should be removed overnight, for cleaning, and on other occasions. The main difference is that these dentures involve the placement of implants that are used to secure the dentures in place. The dentures snap into place and are held until the patient is ready to remove them. This provides additional comfort and support.
Like snap-in dentures, all-on-4 implants are intended to replace entire rows of teeth. The big difference between all-on-4 implants and snap-in dentures is their permanence. Snap-in dentures are built to be easily removed and snapped back into place. All-on-4, on the other hand, are intended to stay in place permanently. The prosthetic cannot be removed by the patient. If the prosthetic ever needs to be removed or replaced, a dentist will have to remove it.
All-on-4 are an excellent solution for those that are looking for a denture alternative that lasts a long time and provides excellent support.
If you are interested in a single implant, bridge, or the replacement of a full row of teeth, reach out today. We will schedule an appointment with Dr. Rana Baroudi for you. From there, she will perform a visual exam and x-ray. If it’s determined that you are a good candidate for implants, the initial procedure will be scheduled. Before you know it, you’ll have a strong, sturdy, dental implant or implants.