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Dental Implants

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Dental implants can help you feel confident and comfortable following tooth loss. At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, our team is skilled in dental implant procedures for patients in Valencia, California, and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. We use the most advanced implant designs, techniques, and technology so you can feel confident in your treatment and your results.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

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.

Are implants better than dentures or bridges?

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 are very secure and stable, no embarrassing slippage or sore spots
  • The posts support the natural bone replacement cycle to prevent bone loss and future tooth loss
  • Patients feel more confident with implants compared to dentures

What happens during the implant procedure?

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.

How long will my implants last?

With proper care, dental implants typically last as long as a natural tooth.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

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.