Dental implants aren’t just about aesthetics; they’re about restoring function, preserving facial structure, and improving quality of life. By replacing the root of the missing tooth, dental implants provide a strong foundation for custom-made crowns, delivering a natural look and feel that replicates your original teeth.
What is a Dental Implant Restoration?
There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth, including a dental implant restoration. At Open Wide La Jolla we work with you to explore all available options to determine which dental treatment is best for you. A popular choice among patients and one of the most highly recommended options among general dentists is the dental implant restoration.
In our modern office located in La Jolla CA, Dr. Chad Dains will ensure you fully understand the unique benefits of a dental implant restoration and why it is a great long-term restorative dentistry solution to maintain a healthy smile.
Dental Implant Restoration Overview
Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials like ceramic and titanium and are used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
One major benefit of dental implants is that they stimulate bone tissue in your jaw. Bone tissue needs stimulation to retain strength and prevent deterioration of your jawbone to maintain the natural shape of your face.
To be a candidate for dental implants, you first need to have healthy gums. If you have gum disease, you’ll need to have that treated before getting dental implants. You’ll also need to have sufficient amounts of bone tissue in your jawbone.
After your dentist or oral surgeon secures your implant and the root fuses to your jawbone, your dentist will install a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Most people have heard of a dental implant restoration for teeth replacement but many are not familiar with the benefits, the treatment process and who would be an ideal candidate. Below are some things to take into consideration before starting a treatment for dental implant restorations.
Dental implant restoration defined
A dental implant restoration is a form of teeth replacement that involves an implant, abutment and artificial tooth (restoration). The implant is a surgical post that is positioned into the jawbone above or below the missing tooth or teeth. It serves as the root of the restoration. Attached to the implant is an abutment that connects the implant and the restoration. Finally, the dental implant restoration attaches to the abutment. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the restoration can be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
How the treatment process works
If you are interested in a dental implant restoration, start the process by arranging a consultation visit with a Dr. Chad Dains who offers the dental implant restoration treatment. Patients may need a bone grafting procedure if there is notable bone loss, or they may need periodontal disease treatment before the implant placement. Once any pre-treatment is complete and the mouth is ready, the implant is placed and must heal and fuse together with the jawbone, which may take several months. After the mouth has healed, the abutment and restoration are attached to complete the teeth replacement process.
When to consider a dental implant restoration
A dental implant restoration is suitable for anyone who is missing one or more teeth, has good oral health and is willing to endure a minor surgical procedure and short recovery period to place the implants. The procedure is more invasive than traditional dentures or fixed bridges, but when all things are considered, a dental implant restoration is also preferable among those who desire the most long-term solution possible. Many people also enjoy the fact that their teeth are not just dental crowns that might need to fixed later, whereas dental implants are fixed and non-removable, which can make caring for them easier.
What to expect after implant placement
As previously mentioned, the placement of the implants may cause discomfort and swelling and requires a recovery period. During the recovery time, patients must practice good oral hygiene and should consider eating a diet of soft foods. Drinking water consistently throughout the day can also help prevent an oral infection or another oral health concern.
Talk to your trusted local dentist, Dr. Dains about dental implants
If you are interested in replacement teeth that look, feel and function similarly to natural teeth, then a dental implant restoration may be an excellent treatment option for you. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation visit.
Are you considering a dental implant restoration in the La Jolla? Contact us today.