A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that provides a foundation for a permanent replacement tooth or a bridge in place by being placed into the jaw itself. It is a good option for anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth because of periodontal disease, an injury, or any other reason.
This type of dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. This type is the most commonly used and comes in various forms like screws, blades, or cylinders.
It is placed just on the jaw bone with the post of the metal framework coming out through the gums to secure the prosthetics. Those patients who cannot wear conventional dentures and those who have minimum bone height use this type of implant.
It always depends on the condition of your jaw bone. Your dentist will schedule a few tests to find the amount of bone still left. If it is not enough or your teeth are not healthy enough, it is not possible to implant a tooth without grafting a bone in the area first.
Implants are a well-established and safe treatment. They look like natural teeth and last so long as you give oral care for them. That also includes your regular visits for a routine dental checkup.
If you neglect your implants, they also develop a coating similar to the natural teeth and, when left untreated, they can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness, and general discomfort. But if you look after your implants, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, they will last for many years. But there is no lifetime guarantee.
An implant is usually placed while using a local anesthetic, and it is often an easier process than a tooth extraction. You will not feel pain during surgery but may feel a little discomfort during the week after it. At times your dentist may give you a sedative if you are nervous or if it is a complicated case. General anesthetics are used for complex cases and are rarely used for implants.
UniSmile Dental offers comprehensive dental treatments, including dental implant procedures in San Jose, CA. For more information and appointments, call us at (408) 226-1600, book online, or visit us at 6134 Camino Verde Drive, Suite G, San Jose, CA 95119.