February 27, 2017
No other tooth replacement option boosts oral health and well-being like the dental implant in Fremont. Dr. James Block remakes gapped smiles with these permanent, bone-sparing and lifelike artificial teeth. And, because they are predictable and reliable, dental implants generally are one-time fixes, saving patients money over their lifetimes.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth comprised of a titanium screw, metal extension post and lifelike porcelain crown. Rather than simply resting on the jaw bone and gums the way bridgework and conventional dentures do, the dental implant resides right in the jaw, giving the patient stable speaking, normalized biting and chewing and exceptional smile appearance.
Inventive and versatile, dental implants also may secure full or partial dentures or anchor fixed bridgework. Dental implants extend the lifespan of these tooth replacement options.
How Your Dentist in Fremont Places an Implant
A patient needs a healthy, dense jaw bone to receive a dental implant. When Dr. Block establishes oral health through an exam and digital X-rays, he may proceed with the restorative dental treatment. For the actual implant placement, he partners with a trusted local oral surgeon.
Placement of the titanium screw involves drilling a hole into the jaw–a simple procedure made comfortable with local anesthesia. The dentist actually places the implant device into the bone and then sutures the site closed.
After several weeks, the implant is fully bonded to the bone through a natural process called osseointegration. Dental experts assert that osseointegration occurs as human bone grows right around the titanium device. Typically, the bond is permanent. That’s why over 90 percent of dental implants succeed and remain in the jaw bone for decades.
During the next step in the treatment, Dr. Block screws the abutment into the implant and then affixes a custom-fabricated ceramic crown. To care for the implant at home, the patient brushes twice a day and flosses daily, too. He or she sees Dr. Block twice yearly for routine exams and hygienic cleanings.
There’s nothing difficult about caring for an implant. However, hygiene should be thorough to avoid an infection called peri-implantitis. Resembling advanced gum disease, peri-implantitis threatens jaw bone integrity and may necessitate implant removal. Also, smoking encourages this infection because of the heat and toxins in cigarettes.
Could You Receive a Dental implant?
Why not find out? Dental implant patients enjoy smiles that are natural-looking and functioning, too. There are none of the slippage or fit problems associated with other tooth replacement options, and none of the bone or gum recession which occurs with tooth loss.
Please Contact Us
If you have questions about life with dental implants, contact James Block Dentistry today. The team will arrange a consultation with Dr. Block, and you can ask him all about these amazing dental prosthetics.
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