Dental implants are one of the most durable replacement options for missing teeth. If you lose one or more of your natural adult teeth, Scott E. Prawat, DDS, can evaluate your condition and determine whether you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Prawat’s Los Gatos, California, office, or request an appointment online today.
Dental implants are small, titanium artificial tooth roots. They attach to prosthetic devices to replace missing natural teeth. You might need one or more dental implants to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
If you’re a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Prawat takes a series of images and scans of your teeth and jaw. Using X-ray imaging, he can plan your implant placement and determine whether you first need a bone graft in your jaw for better implant support.
Once in place, your dental implants stay there forever. You might need to replace your crown, bridge, or denture eventually, but your bone fuses with the implant to keep it sturdy for the rest of your life.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. If you’re not a candidate for any reason, Dr. Prawat can guide you to a more fitting treatment.
The dental implant placement process involves three steps. After the initial planning stage, you’ll undergo:
During this initial procedure, Dr. Prawat makes an incision in your gums to reveal your jawbone. He then places the titanium implant before closing the incision with stitches. You’ll need more than one implant if you’re getting an implant-supported bridge or denture.
The healing process after implant placement typically takes several months. During this time, your bone bonds with the biocompatible titanium implant. You’ll need to eat soft foods only for the first few days as you heal.
In the final stage of getting your dental implants, Dr. Prawat attaches your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants have several benefits over those of other treatments, like traditional bridges or non implant-supported dentures. During your initial consultation, Dr. Prawat can help you decide if implants are the best possible option for your treatment. The advantages of implants include:
In short, dental implants feel very natural. It’s like you never lost one or more teeth in the first place. Your color-matched custom bridge, denture, or crown looks nearly identical to your original teeth, so others won’t be able to tell that you have prosthetics.
To find out more about dental implants and their placement process, call Scott E. Prawat, DDS, or book an appointment online today.