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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. At Panoramic Dental, our cosmetic dentists believe there is no tooth replacement option that will give you a longer lasting result. If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth and wish to replace them, call our cosmetic dentistry in Walnut Creek for more information today!

What Is A Dental Implant?

dental implantA dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. The dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth.

Tooth Replacement Options

Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. Our cosmetic dentist may use them to do the following:

  • Replace One Tooth — When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time.
  • Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You do not need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath.
  • Replace All Teeth — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth.
  • Support Removable Dentures — Implants can make removable dentures more comfortable and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss causing the jaw to shrink and the dentures to slip. Today, dentists can attach a removable denture on implants. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.

Implant Care & Maintenance

There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused:

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  • Poor oral hygiene and a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this.
  • Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health and your well-being, so it's best to protect your investment.

Call Panoramic Dental For Dental Implants Today!

For all cosmetic dental needs, Panoramic Dental has you covered. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, please call our cosmetic dentists and staff for more information today. Our doctors and staff want to restore your beautiful smile and we can do this with dental implants. To schedule your next appointment, contact our Walnut Creek, CA office today!

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