Dental implants are posts made of medical-grade titanium that are implanted into your jaw bone where they act as anchors to secure an artificial tooth (crown) or a denture. The metal used in dental implants is the same metal used in joint replacement surgery.
Whether you choose an implant, bridge, or denture is up to you, but patients who opt for implants find they offer several important advantages over the other options:
Dental implants require three office visits. During the first visit, the dentist implants the post into your jaw bone. If your jaw bone is thin, the dentist might perform a bone graft at the same time. In a bone graft, a small sample of donor bone is implanted in your jaw to supplement your natural bone. Usually, a bone graft procedure can be performed when the post is implanted. Once the post is in place, it’s left alone for several weeks to allow it to fuse with the surrounding bone.
At the second visit, a special piece called an abutment is attached to the post, then the dentist takes an impression of the area. The impression is sent to the lab where your crown is made.
At the third visit, the crown is attached to the abutment and then buffed so it fits comfortably and feels completely natural.
With proper care, dental implants typically last as long as a natural tooth.
No. One of the benefits of implants is that they can be cared for just like you care for your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing and routine cleaning appointments every six months help ensure your implants stay in great shape.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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