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Dental Implants

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Dental Implants in Tracy, CA

Are you missing one or more of your teeth and want a long-lasting permanent solution to replace them? If so, dental implants may be the answer! A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that can be placed into your jawbone, where it will fuse with bone tissue over time. The result is a natural-looking tooth replacement that looks just like your original teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root that supports a prosthetic tooth without affecting adjacent teeth. It’s made from titanium and is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once it fuses with living bone tissue, it serves as a strong foundation for a new tooth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Implant Procedure?

You are an ideal candidate for implant surgery if:

you are missing one or more teeth

you have adequate bone volume in the area where the implants will be placed

you have no active periodontal disease

your remaining teeth are healthy enough to withstand the stress of having implants

you don't smoke or use tobacco products

you have good oral hygiene habits

Oral Health Benefits of Implant Treatment

There are many different types of restorative materials used in dental filling procedures, including gold, silver amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. Each kind of dental filling material serves a specific purpose, depending on what type of tooth is affected and the extent of damage caused by dental caries.

Improve Self-Confidence

A complete set of natural-looking teeth gives you confidence when smiling, talking, eating, and laughing. You feel better about yourself because you won't have to worry about how your smile looks.

Improve Chewing Ability

Your chewing ability decreases when you lose some or all of your teeth. This makes eating many foods such as meats, bread, and other hard foods difficult. Dental implants allow you to chew normally again without worrying about breaking or chipping your teeth.

Prevent Bone Deterioration

Bone loss occurs naturally as we age. But when you lose teeth, the process speeds up. Without teeth to hold onto, your jawbone begins to shrink and weaken. Dental implants act as artificial roots for your teeth, stimulating bone growth around them. As a result, your jawbone becomes stronger and healthier.

Improved Appearance

Dental implants make your smile look much better than it does with dentures. Dentures look unnatural and bulky. They also tend to slip out of place easily. When you get dental implants, they remain stable and feel and look just like natural teeth.

Steps Involved in Dental Implant Placement

The first step in getting dental implants is scheduling a consultation appointment with our oral surgeon. During this visit, we will examine your mouth and jaw health to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Once we determine that you are a good candidate, we will discuss treatment options with you. 

We will then prepare your mouth by removing any decay or tartar buildup. Next, we will numb the area where the implants will be placed and insert the titanium post into your jawbone using special instruments. Finally, we will apply a healing abutment to each implant. After several months, we will remove the healing abutments and connect the new permanent teeth to the implants.

It takes about six months for the implants to heal completely before they become fully functional. During this time, you should avoid strenuous activities and limit your consumption of alcohol.

Soft Tissue Grafting and Bone Grafting

For patients who suffer from gum disease or an advanced stage of periodontal disease, soft tissue grafting or bone grafting may be necessary. Soft tissue grafting involves taking a piece of gingival tissue from another part of your mouth (usually the palate) and placing it over the affected areas of your gums. Bone graft procedure involves replacing the damaged bone with new bone. Both dental procedures can help you prepare for your implant placement.

Contact us to Schedule a Consultation

Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons so we can help you achieve healthy, confident smiles. We will work closely with you to find the best treatment plan for your individual needs.