Dental Implants - San Jose
If you’re wondering about dental implants, San Jose dentist Dr. Raymond Lim of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen provides consultations covering its health benefits, dental implants cost and more.
What are dental implants?
When it comes to learning about dental implants, San Jose and Campbell residents can get comprehensive information from Dental Smiles of Willow Glen.
For starters, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth. When a patient is missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide the most permanent (and often the most comfortable) solution. They’re better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth and it preservers your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dentist performs the entire implant process over the course of a few months. During the first part of the process, a skilled surgeon installs the implant by placing a screw into the jaw bone. The dentist can place multiple implants at the same time if necessary.
These implants will take about 4-6 months to heal. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseo integration. During this healing time, you may also have temporary crowns installed. The crowns can help you can eat and speak normally as well as maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed, the dentist will place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, the dentist will make an impression of the abutment and use it to create your permanent restoration. Once he or she finishes the restoration, you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently.
Bone Grafting and GBR Membrane
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with a material called a bone graft. This material not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body regrow lost bone. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft.
Over time, the newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material. GBR is a procedure in which a membrane is placed over the bone graft site. This membrane further encourages new bone to grow and also prevents the growth of scar tissue in the grafted site. The final result of the bone grafting and GBR membrane procedures is to create a more dense bone to support the implant.
See Dental Implants San Jose Dentist Dr. Lim Today
If you have further questions regarding dental implants, contact our office to speak with the team of San Jose cosmetic dentist Dr. Raymond Lim. We would be happy to answer any questions—such as how affordable dental implants are—and more.
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