If you’re missing permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile, improve your oral health, and make it easier to bite and chew. At Fullerton Dental Associates in Fullerton, California, the expert dentists provide dental implant placement on-site. Don’t wait to see if you can benefit. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.
Dental implants provide a safe and effective way to restore missing teeth. They’re small posts made from titanium that provide a firm foundation for oral restorations like bridges, crowns, or implant-supported dentures.
Aside from improving your smile’s appearance, dental implants preserve your oral health. Once placed, implants lower your risk of gum recession and bone loss and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting.
Dental implants are safe and usually well-tolerated, but they aren’t ideal for everyone. To receive implants, you need healthy gums and enough bone to support each post. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, Fullerton Dental Associates might recommend periodontal treatment, like scaling and root planing, or a bone graft before moving forward.
Let your provider know if you have an underlying health problem like high blood pressure or kidney disease. These ailments won’t keep you from getting implants, but they may increase the risk of complications, including implant failure.
Getting dental implants involves multiple appointments spaced over several months.
At your initial appointment, Fullerton Dental Associates conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays to assess your jaw and alveolar bone. They use your X-rays to guide the placement of the implants.
Your provider administers a local anesthetic and places the implants into your jaw. Over time, your bone extends around each implant, holding them in place.
Several months later, you return to Fullerton Dental Associates. Your provider takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your bridge or implant-supported dentures. If you’re getting crowns, the team crafts them on-site with the CEREC milling machine.
Once Fullerton Dental Associates receives your restorations, they attach them to your implants. The restorations look and function like your natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak comfortably.
If you practice good oral hygiene, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Fullerton Dental Associates recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To prevent damage to your implant restorations, including chips or cracks, wear a mouthguard when playing sports. Avoid bad habits, too, including nail-biting, opening packages with your teeth, and biting down on ice cubes.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants by requesting a consultation at Fullerton Dental Associates. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.