After losing a tooth or getting a tooth pulled, there might be anxiety around having a hole in your smile. At Lake of the Pines Dental, our primary goal is to help our patients love their smiles. We help you restore each tooth to make your smile stronger. Dental implants are a very common form of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This is because dental implants restore your smile and enhance it all at the same time.
Dental implants are generally made up of three parts. The dental implant includes the post, the abutment, and the crown.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Many things make up a good candidate for dental implants:
- It is essential to have healthy bone density. This is because the dental implant post is placed in your jaw bone. It is important to have good jaw bone density for the post to stay in place.
- Patients who receive dental implants must commit to good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day can protect your teeth from disease.
- The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to visit our Lake of the Pines Dental office.
The post is made to be the new root of the artificial tooth since it is the foundation of the entire treatment. The roots of our teeth provide stabilization and keep our teeth in the place where they need to be. Implants are a small titanium post that is placed into your jawbone underneath the gums. Think of this like a metal screw placed in your jaw.
The post allows for the entire restoration to be permanently placed into your mouth. When losing a tooth in that specific area, the gums and bone can start to deteriorate due to the lack of stimulation usually given to them through chewing. With the implant, while you’re using your new tooth to chew. Stimulation is being given through the implant to the bone.
This is the middle part of the dental implant. Although it is not seen, it is essential. The abutment holds together the post and the crown. Although no one will see it, the abutment helps to improve the function of your dental implant.
The Crown, Bridge, or Denture
Many people talk about single tooth implants, but did you know you can replace many teeth with dental implants? The final step finishes the dental implant with either a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants that support a crown are for single-tooth replacement implants. Those that use dentures or bridges can replace many teeth.
Although the implant is an essential part of the dental implant, the crown, bridge, or denture gives you a completely new beautiful smile. Dental crowns and bridges are made in our office with either porcelain or composite material. Each one gives off a pearly white sheen making it look like a natural tooth.
In preparation for your dental implant, you will work with Dr. Harris to determine the exact measurements and shade of your new tooth or teeth. Once you have healed from receiving the implant, we will then place the crown, bridge, or denture onto the implant giving you a completely new smile.
Missing a Tooth?
Not only do dental implants restore function and health to your teeth, but they also play a significant role in helping you feel confident about your smile again. When you love your smile, you are more likely to smile often, and at Lakes of the Pine Dental, we want to see your smile!
At Lake of Pines Dental, we can answer any questions you may have about our dental implant procedure by calling our Auburn, California, office. Each one of our dental professionals is happy to speak with you!