If you are looking into receiving dental implants in Pleasanton, contact Dr. Kitagawa at Gateway Dental Care to set up an appointment. Not everyone is a candidate for implants, so a complete examination is required to see if they are the right solution for you.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are metal anchors surgically placed into the jaw to hold permanent replacement teeth. In time, the jawbone tissue attaches itself to the implant creating a highly stable support. There are different types available that provide a versatile way to replace teeth. Some types of dental implants are:
- Full-Mouth Implants: Also known as All-On-Four® or All-On-4®. This is a good option for patients that do not want to deal with the discomfort of dentures. This process can attach an entire row of upper and lower teeth using as little as four precisely positioned implants.
- Multiple Implants: If a patient is missing more than one tooth, but still has healthy gums and surrounding teeth, multiple dental implants will keep the natural teeth intact but fix the areas where teeth are missing.
- Single-Tooth Implants: If you have a single missing tooth, a single dental implant can fix the problem. It will have the look and feel of your natural teeth.
What Are The Benefits?
Dental implants greatly improve the ability of your teeth to withstand biting pressure. Ideally, they can restore the amount of pressure to nearly the same level as that of healthy, natural teeth. Implants eliminate the problems of sores caused by inadequately secured dentures slipping and sliding. Patients experience increased self-confidence because implants function virtually the same as natural teeth. With proper care, they can last for many years.
How Are These Dental Prostheses Implanted?
Usually a team including your dentist, an oral surgeon and/or a periodontist perform the treatment. X-rays and a thorough exam are necessary to begin your treatment plan. During surgery, various types of anesthesia will be administered and you will receive one or more “anchors” or implants secured within the jawbone to serve as the foundation for your new permanent teeth.
After several months during which new bone and gum tissue have had time to grow around the implants, a small post is attached above the gum line to each implant. These serve as the anchors for your permanent teeth. After your gums have healed, your new replacement teeth are permanently secured to the posts.
How Do I Care For My Implants?
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups are essential to the long life and service you will enjoy with your new dental implants. We will provide you with full instructions on how to care for your implants during you visit to our office. If you believe you are a good candidate for dental implants in Pleasanton, give us a call to set up an appointment.