Start the new year with a beautiful new smile with dental implants in San Mateo
Your teeth are an important part of your appearance and overall health. If you are missing teeth or having badly decayed teeth in need of extraction, you can start the new year with a beautiful, pain-free smile. Dr. Shivani Gupta and the team at Peninsula Dental Implants in San Carlos are highly experienced in transforming patients’ smiles with dental implants and other dental technologies to restore missing teeth.
Dental implants explained
Many technologies have been used over the years to replace missing teeth. For a long time, partial or full dentures and bridges have been used to replace teeth that have been extracted or fallen out, but they frequently have issues with comfort and durability. Fortunately, dental implants solve many of the problems that dentures and bridges have.
A dental implant is a piece of metal or zirconia that is surgically placed into your jawbone where the missing tooth would have been, and then a sturdy, natural-looking false tooth is attached to the implant. The end result with a dental implant is a long-lasting, comfortable, and natural-looking tooth that functions just like your normal tooth would.
Dental implants have many benefits:
- Because implants replace the roots of your teeth, they are very sturdy and can last a lifetime if you properly care for your teeth and gums.
- The look of implants is very natural so others will not be aware that you have them, and they function just like regular teeth so you don’t need to worry about what you eat like you would with dentures.
- Implants can be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, or dentures to provide more stability.
- They can be used for just one missing tooth or many as long as the jawbone where the implant will be placed is healthy enough to support the implant. They don’t require your surrounding teeth to be healthy enough to support a bridge or other restorations.
Process for placing implants
The first step in getting one or more dental implants is consulting with your dentist about whether they are a good choice for your needs. Dr. Gupta takes a personalized, compassionate approach to care for her patients and works extensively with you to determine the optimal treatment plan for your health, desired end results, and budget. She will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and jaw and take any images necessary to ensure that an implant is a good choice and will discuss any questions or concerns that you have about the recommended treatment.
If teeth implants are the right fit for you, then the next appointment will consist of the surgery to place the implants in your gums. A local numbing agent will be used so you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure, and if you have anxiety about the surgery, then Dr. Gupta can provide safe and effective sedation options to calm your nerves. After the implants are placed, it will take some time for your jawbone and the implants to heal and fuse together. This process, called osseointegration, is what makes your implant sturdy for many years to come because the bone and implant act and work together as one unit after they are fused.
When your implants have healed, then a strong false tooth aka crown made of a natural-looking material will be connected to the implant with a connecting piece called an abutment. The result will be a beautiful, transformed smile that is fully functional.
The proper dental care for your implant is similar to what is recommended for your natural teeth. It is important to brush your teeth after meals, floss every day, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups to keep the gums and other tissues surrounding the implant healthy.
Trust your care to the experts in dental implants
Dr. Shivani Gupta and her associates at the Peninsula Dental Implant Center focus primarily on dental implants. With Dr. Gupta’s extensive training and a specialized focus on implants, you can be assured that you are receiving the best dental care possible for your dental restoration needs.
Peninsula Dental Implant Center is conveniently located in San Carlos, CA and serves the surrounding communities of Belmont, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Atherton. Whether you are a new or existing patient, you don’t need to suffer from the pain and embarrassment of missing or badly decayed teeth any longer. Call (650) 232-7650 to schedule your consultation today.