Implant dentistry is designed to provide a strong structural base for restorations. Implants are often an ideal replacement for missing teeth, combating the dilema of tooth and bone loss and restoring the functionality and appearance of your teeth to give you back a healthy smile.
An implant consists of three parts. They are:
- The implant post. This is a small titanium screw, and replaces the tooth root deep inside the jawbone
- The dental restoration, which replaces the crown of the missing tooth
- The abutment, which is the connecting piece between the implant post and restoration
The implant post is is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide long-term support for the tooth and support your restoration. Implant posts perform the same functions as your original tooth roots, including enhancing your ability to chew and bite and stimulating your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your teeth. The dental restoration is placed atop the post, and depending on your individual needs may be a crown, bridge or denture.
What advantages do dental implants serve?
Implants have several advantages. Not only do they restore your oral function, they also produce a result that looks and feels natural. Here are a few of the benefits of dental implants:
- Improving the appearance and quality of teeth structure
- Enhancing spech production adn pronunciation
- Providing structural stability for restorations
- Improving comfort and self-esteem
- Improving your oral health both immediatly and long-term
- Highly convenient
How successful are implants?
Due to their extreme durability and sense of comfort, dental implants are known to provide lasting results with a very high success rate. Implants, if properly cared for with good oral hygiene and regular profesional care from our dentist, can last a lifetime.
What are the prerequisites to get a dental implant?
Almost anyone can receiving an implant. As long as your teeth and supporting oral structures are healthy, you should be able to receive an implant without difficulty. If you have tooth decay, periodontal disease or another condition, you will need to receive treatment for that issue before you will be eligible to receive implant dentistry. If you are a heavy smoker or suffer from chronic healthy problems (such as diabetes), you will need to be thoroughly evaluated by our dentist to determine if implants are a good option for you.
What is involved in getting a dental implant?
Getting dental implants involves preparing an individualized treatment plan. Our dentist designs this plan to address your indiviudal needs and ensure that you receive the best possible care. We coordinate this plan with experienced and trained oral surgeons to ensure the best results for your treatment.
The first step in receiving an implant is the implant placement. The titanium implant post will be inserted into the socket of the jawbone in place of the missing root. A period of healing will follow during which the implant post will integrate with your jawbone to provide a secure and stable foundation. The abutment will be attached to securely hold the implant restoration. Once the restoration has been created, our dentist will place it atop the implant post to finish replacing your tooth or teeth and complete your treatment.
Request an appointment with Dr. Lydon to find out if you are a candidate for implant dentistry in Irvine, California, by calling Lydon Dentistry today at 949-660-1321.