If missing teeth cause you embarrassment or make it difficult to eat, you may benefit from dental implants. Dental implant treatment offers a permanent, natural feeling solution to tooth loss. Orange County cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers dental implants to restore smiles and confidence. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts, which act as replacement tooth roots. Dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone. The bone heals around the implant and creates a permanent, secure bond. Different types of dental restorations can be attached depending on your specific needs. Dental restorations include porcelain crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
The total time required for the dental implant process varies from patient to patient. Some patients require bone grafts prior to dental implant surgery. If so, the dental implant will not be placed for five to nine months to ensure proper healing of the bone graft. Once the dental implant is placed, the jawbone needs to fully heal before a dental restoration can be attached. The jawbone may take two to six months to heal after the implant has been placed.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Candidates for dental implants are missing one or more teeth. Candidates must also be in good general health in order to tolerate oral surgery. The gums and remaining teeth should be in good health as well. It is important the gums are healthy and free of infection to reduce the likelihood of complications after implant surgery.
Candidates for dental implants must also have sufficient jawbone. Once teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to disintegrate; as such, the longer you’ve lived with missing teeth, the more likely the jawbone has diminished. X-rays are taken to determine the state of the jawbone. If the jawbone is insufficient, a bone graft can be performed to rebuild the jaw. With a bone graft, either bone from another part of the body or a synthetic material can be used to restore the jaw.
In summary, dental implant candidates include:
- Those in good general health
- Those with healthy gums and teeth
- Those missing one or more teeth
- Those with sufficient jawbone
Which Dental Implant Restoration Is Right for Me?
There are different types of restorations for dental implants. For our patients in Orange County, dental implants can be used in conjunction with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. If you are only missing one or two teeth, a dental crown restoration may be best for you. For those missing two to four teeth, implant-supported bridges may be most appropriate. For patients missing all of their teeth or just the top or bottom teeth, implant-supported dentures may be most beneficial. Even long-term denture wearers may benefit from dental implants.
Contact Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen Today!
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. There are multiple dental implant options sure to fit your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen today to discover if you’re a candidate for dental implants and to learn how dental implants can improve your life.