Dental implants are now as common as hips and knee joint replacements, making them the leading standard of care in retaining a healthy smile after tooth loss. At Saugus Dental Laser Center in Santa Clarita, California, dentist Victoria Prasol, DDS, and her team are ready to support you through the entire dental implant process, so call the office or book using the online booking tool today.
Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements that a dental surgeon places in your jaw. After the titanium post integrates with your jaw bone, the implant can hold a tooth replacement like a crown or bridge. It can even work together with a few other dental implants to secure a complete denture.
Dental specialists place more than 5 million implants every year, and leading dentists all around the world consider them the standard of care for missing teeth.
There are a few phases involved in getting a dental implant:
First, a dental surgeon will extract the tooth to place an implant. If there is no tooth present, a dental surgeon creates an incision in your gum tissue and places the implant post into your jaw. Your surgeon carefully controls the depth and width while placing the implant post, which ensures optimal positioning. Often, guided surgery is used. Then, your surgeon places tiny sutures to close your gums. You'll receive anesthesia to keep you completely comfortable.
After the implant placement, you'll have a rest period averaging around 3-6 months. During this time, you undergo a process called osseointegration in which your dental implant fuses with your bone. Essentially, osseointegration allows your implant to become a part of your mouth, just like your tooth roots were before.
After you're completely healed and osseointegration makes the implant strong and secure within your jaw, the Saugus Dental Laser Center team places your new crown, bridge, or implant-retained denture. Your new restoration fits your mouth perfectly and acts as a cosmetic and functional tooth replacement.
The total time to get dental implants can be anywhere from around three months to a year on average. Although it can be a time-consuming process, most of that time is not spent in a dental chair but waiting for osseointegration to occur.
One of the great advantages of dental implants is their longevity. With proper care, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. At every routine dental visit at Saugus Dental Laser Center, the team checks your dental implants for stability. Although you may need a crown, bridge, or denture replacement after a decade or so, you won’t generally need to replace the implant itself.
Book your dental implant consultation at Saugus Dental Laser Center online, or you can call the office today.