San Jose dentist explains the dental implant procedure
When patients decide to have dental implants placed, they are making a smart choice in restoring their smiles. Tooth loss can leave gaps in the smile that are unsightly and embarrassing for many, but restoring with dental implants is one of many ways to bring back that beautiful smile! While others may consider the benefits of dental bridges and partial dentures, dental implants are an investment in the smile. The long-term nature of implants makes them the gold standard in dental restoration, and they provide patients with a carefree, low-maintenance smile.
Dental implants are titanium posts used to restore missing natural teeth. They are also placed to stabilize full dentures. When a patient is considering a restoration, he or she wants one that will last for several years. Dental implants have a high success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care. Dr. Lokhandwala of San Jose’s StarBrite Dental is happy to place these restorations for new and existing patients.
The dental implant procedure starts with x-rays. This allows Dr. Lokhandwala to see the best location for the implant. The jawbone underneath the gums stabilizes the implant and gives it the strength to function properly for chewing, biting, and speaking. The placement is determined and the patient schedules an appointment for the procedure.
Sedation may be used for the dental implant procedure. Patients will be anesthetized and sedation can be used to keep the patient relaxed throughout the treatment. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, and a temporary crown is placed on top. Several months are needed for osseointegration to occur, during which the bone wraps around the implant to hold it into place. Then a custom crown is made and placed over the implant to restore the smile.
Patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime if they maintain proper oral hygiene and visits with Dr. Lokhandwala for examinations and cleanings. This ensures that the implants are in place and functioning at their best. Unlike dental bridges and partial dentures, patients do not need to perform any special maintenance on their implants except for routine appointments at StarBrite Dental to ensure oral health and wellbeing.