Fremont dentist describes the dental implant process
Patients missing one or more teeth within the smile may be proper candidates for dental implants. Implants are titanium posts used to address tooth loss. These versatile restorations are used to replace one tooth or several teeth, depending on the needs of the patient. Dr. Munira Lokhandwala of Fremont’s StarBrite Dental is a dentist who has used dental implants for many years to restore patients’ smiles.
Dental implants are best for those who have sufficient bone structure to hold the implant firmly in place. Without sufficient bone, the implant procedure often fails. Dr. Munira Lokhandwala determines candidacy for dental implants through a process of x-rays to check the bone structure and an examination to ensure the mouth is healthy. If there is not enough bone available, she may suggest referral to a specialist to have bone grafting performed to build up the bone of the jaw and prepare it for the placement of dental implants.
The dental implant process starts with the consultation to determine if patients are appropriate candidates. Once this has been decided, patients will schedule their implant surgery. This is done right in the dental office by our dental team. Patients are properly anesthetized and sedated during this procedure. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw through the gum line. Then, time is needed for the process of osseointegration to occur. This is the growth of the bone around the implant, which holds it firmly in place. This can take several weeks. Once this has happened, the dental implant can be restored however is appropriate. This may be dental crowns, bridges, or full dentures.
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental believes in providing patients optimum dental care solutions for their smiles and ensuring patient satisfaction. She has over two decades of experience in dentistry and continues to provide committed service to new and existing patients in the Fremont area. Dental implants are just one of many restorative options available to individuals in her practice.