In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of smile restoration with dental implants. Across the country, more and more people are choosing implants to restore smiles suffering from tooth loss. Many of our patients have asked questions about the implant process: How are dental implants placed? How long does the process take? In today’s blog, your San Diego dentist, Dr. Ann Kania, explains more about the process of placing innovative dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants allow Dr. Kania to replace one or more missing teeth. The body accepts a dental implant as a natural tooth, preventing the loss of bone density and preserving the facial structure. Replacing missing teeth also helps prevent misalignment and avoid further tooth loss. Dental implants may even be used to secure full or partial sets of dentures.
Placing Dental Implants
First, Dr. Kania will perform a thorough examination employing x-rays and the latest in dental technology. After assessing the volume of jawbone available, she will decide if your jaw can support implants. If so, the biocompatible titanium posts will be inserted directly into the jaw. Once this occurs, the area will need to heal. During this period, the bone bonds with the posts in a process known as osseintegration. This anchors your implants for decades to come. Finally, an abutment will be added to hold your custom-made dental crowns into place, returning your smile to full function and health. Your crowns, or dentures, will be designed and shaded to blend with your smile.
Schedule a Visit with Your San Diego Dentist
Would you like to obtain a beautiful, whole smile with dental implants? To learn more about the implant process, or to find out if you qualify for the innovative tooth replacements, seek Dr. Kania’s expertise today by calling our San Diego dentist’s office at (760) 642-0711. Dental implants can restore your smile to optimal health and beauty. Located in the 92024 area, we proudly serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.