Missing a tooth?
Why a Dental Implant?
If you are concerned about a missing tooth or have trouble with your dentures staying in place, then dental implants may be the right choice for you.
Missing teeth aren't just a cosmetic dental problem that can lower your self-esteem. Oftentimes, a missing tooth can lead to many other dental and oral health problems. Some of these problems include difficulty in chewing, degeneration of your jawbone, gum disease, shifting and drifting of your remaining teeth, bite change and even tooth decay.
Dental implants provide a strong, reliable and lost lasting replacement for missing teeth. In terms of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants look and feel like your natural, organic teeth, retaining your natural face shape and smile. Beyond the aesthetics, dental implants make it easier to eat and speak. Other options like dentures or bridges can lead to bone deterioration and oftentimes, dentures don't fit firmly and properly, creating discomfort and difficulty in eating and speaking. Since, a dental implant is secured directly in a jaw bone, a dental implant doesn't come out loose like a denture.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny biocompatible titanium post which is surgically inserted into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Implants can also be used to support dentures giving them a stable sturdy foundation.
At Gill Dental, the entire dental implant process is done in-house at our dental office in Williams,CA. Having the latest tools and skills, Dr. Gill will provide you with the most up-to-date, convenient and comfortable dental implant experience.
All dental implant restorations start with a placement of the titanium implant within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums and the jawbone gradually grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. During this time you can wear a partial temporary denture and eat a soft diet.
After the bonding of the dental implant to the jawbone, the second phase of the surgery begins. Dr. Gill will then reopen the gum to expose the dental implant to which he will attach an abutment/post which is the foundation of your new tooth. The gum tissue is then closed around but not over the abutment.
After the placement of the abutment, your gums must heal for one to two weeks, before the artificial tooth can be attached. After your gums heal, Dr. Gill will take more impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth to make the most perfect looking crown for you. Implant supported crowns will give you the most beautiful and natural restoration of missing teeth.
How Do I Care for My Implants?
Because implant restorations are very similar to your natural teeth, proper care and maintenance are essential for long lasting dental implants. Use proper brushing and flossing techniques and visit Dr. Gill regularly for your check-ups and cleanings.
Are Implants the Right Choice for You?
For a dental implant, a patient's health is more important than their age. Whether you are missing a tooth or several, dental implants may be able to give you back your confidence and comfort to eat, smile and laugh. Call our office today and consult Dr. Gill to find out if you are the right candidate for dental implants.
If you have further questions about the process, cost of dental implants or financing options, please do not hesitate to contact our office.