January 29, 2017
Are you struggling with failing teeth? Have you lost one or more teeth in a fall or motor vehicle accident? Your dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block, asks you to look into dental implants, today’s premiere tooth replacement. More stable, natural-looking and long-lasting than traditional bridgework or dentures, dental implants in Fremont reside right in the jaw bone, giving you the next best thing to your very own teeth. Could you be a candidate for these amazing prosthetics?
The Popular Dental Implant
The dental implant is a prosthetic tooth comprised of a titanium screw, metal alloy post and lifelike porcelain crown. Inserted into the patient’s jaw bone during a simple, in-office surgery, the titanium implant device bonds to the jaw through a process called osseointegration. Because of osseointegration, the strength of the dental implant is unparalleled; no other tooth replacement option is quite like it.
For instance, traditional bridgework simply rests on top of the gums and is anchored to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. While well-crafted bridgework works well, it does not exercise and strengthen the jawbone the way a natural tooth or dental implant does. So, the jaw rapidly recedes after tooth extraction or loss.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that three million dental implants have been placed thus far in the United States alone, and that number grows by 500,000 each year. Plus, the AAID states that as time goes by, more and more dentists offer dental implants in their practices. Why are dental implants so popular? Their performance as true artificial teeth–from root to crown–is key to why both patients and dental care providers find them so desirable. In addition, multiple implants may be used to support fixed bridges or full dentures, giving people with extensive tooth loss secure, beautiful smiles.
The Implant Candidate
Dr. James Block evaluates patients carefully prior to dental implant placement. He performs a complete oral examination to ensure good oral health, and he looks at how dense the patient’s jaw bone is. There must be sufficient bone structure present to accept the implant device. Additionally, an individual must be in good overall health. Poorly controlled diabetes, a weak immune system and other serious conditions may disqualify a patient or at least, postpone implant placement until health improves.
There are other issues which impact whether or not you may receive dental implants. They include:
- Smoking Tobacco encourages a destructive condition called peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. Implant patients must abstain from cigarettes for 72 hours before and after implant placement so healing occurs.
- Oral Hygiene The best implant candidates take care of their teeth and gums with daily flossing and twice a day brushing. They also see their Dr. Block every six months for oral exams and professional cleanings.
- Time to heal The implant site takes several weeks to months to heal and for the implant to integrate with the jaw. So, the individual must be patient, not chew on the device and allow Nature to take its course. This patience maximizes implant success.
Please Contact Us
Could you enjoy the benefits of dental implants. Why not find out? Contact James Block Dentistry to arrange a dental implant consultation. Dr. Block and his team would be happy to answer all your questions!
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