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Dental Implants In Citrus Heights

DENTAL IMPLANTS


At Make A Smile Dental, we’re proud to serve not only the dental needs of children, but also adults in our community. In addition to providing high-quality pediatric dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art dental implant services for adults.

So, whether you need to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch, dental implants may be an excellent choice. We invite you to visit Make A Smile Dental to explore your options. Our dedicated team is ready to guide you towards the best solution to restore your smile and your oral health.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?


Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth. They’re typically made of biocompatible materials like titanium, which the body does not reject. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone, and over time, it fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration.

 

 

Once the implant is securely fused to the bone, an abutment, a small connector post, is attached to the implant. The final stage involves attaching a custom-made crown, which is the visible part of the tooth, to the abutment.

This entire structure mimics a natural tooth in function and appearance. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are stable, reliable, and closely resemble natural teeth in terms of comfort and functionality.

DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE


The dental implant process starts with a consultation where the dentist assesses the patient’s suitability for implants. Upon approval, a personalized treatment plan is developed.

Next is the surgical insertion of the implant into the jawbone, performed under local anesthesia. A healing period follows, allowing for osseointegration – the fusion of the implant with the bone. This step is crucial for creating a sturdy foundation for the artificial tooth.

Once healed, an abutment, or connector, is attached to the implant. Finally, a custom-made crown that matches the patient’s natural teeth is affixed to the abutment.

The process can take several months due to the healing periods required between stages. But the result is a durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration that can last a lifetime with good care.

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3 Dental Implant Benefits

Some of the primary benefits include:

  1. Natural Look and Comfortable Fit: Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. High-quality dental implants enable you to eat, smile, laugh, and go about your daily activities without feeling conscious about your teeth.
  2. Long-term Solution: While bridges and dentures may need to be replaced every few years, dental implants are designed to last many years, possibly a lifetime if they are properly cared for. This makes them a more cost-effective solution in the long run.
  3. Maintain Facial Structure: By preventing bone loss, dental implants also help to maintain your facial structure, preventing the sunken, sagging facial appearance that often accompanies tooth loss.

3 Dental Implant Benefits

Some of the primary benefits include:

  1. Natural Look and Comfortable Fit: Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. High-quality dental implants enable you to eat, smile, laugh, and go about your daily activities without feeling conscious about your teeth.
  2. Long-term Solution: While bridges and dentures may need to be replaced every few years, dental implants are designed to last many years, possibly a lifetime if they are properly cared for. This makes them a more cost-effective solution in the long run.
  3. Maintain Facial Structure: By preventing bone loss, dental implants also help to maintain your facial structure, preventing the sunken, sagging facial appearance that often accompanies tooth loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.

Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.

If you maintain good oral hygiene and regularly visit your dentist for check-ups, your dental implants can last a lifetime. The crown, however, typically lasts about 10-15 years before it may need replacement.

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