Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
At Peninsula Dental Implant Center of San Carlos, California, Dr. Shivani Gupta finds implants to be the most reliable and effective way of replacing missing teeth. Many patients have questions about single dental implants and whether or not they are a good candidate for this restoration. Continue reading to learn more about implants and candidacy requirements.
What are dental implants?
Dr. Shivani Gupta and her dedicated team describe dental implants as permanent tooth replacement solutions. Dental implants are tiny titanium metal posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone and replace the natural root of a missing tooth. They provide a durable and sturdy foundation for permanent or removable prosthetic teeth that match your natural teeth in appearance and function.
Am I a good candidate for the placement of dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are patients with healthy smiles, free from periodontal disease and tooth decay, and who have enough bone to support the implant. This can be evaluated using dental X-rays to look at the health of the natural bone and determine if the patients can move forward with treatment.
How much time is needed for dental implant placement?
Most dental implants involve two separate procedures. The first procedure is called implant surgery, during which a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone to serve as an artificial root for the tooth. After this post has been securely embedded in the bone, it takes several months for osseointegration (the process of fusing with surrounding bone) to occur before the second phase can begin. During the second procedure, an abutment is attached to the post, allowing Dr. Shivani Gupta to attach a crown, a bridge, or a denture to the implant.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants are strong and reliable solutions for tooth loss, providing improved comfort, convenience, and self-confidence compared to traditional bridgework or dentures. With proper care and continued maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime and help maintain your natural smile.
Learn more about dental implants with our Peninsula Dental Implant Center team!
If you have missing teeth or need tooth replacement options, contact Dr. Shivani Gupta of San Carlos, California, today! She will be happy to discuss all your available options with you.
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