If you’re missing one, some, or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and lower the risk of certain oral health problems. At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, Annabelle Carnice, DDS, MSc, MAGD, and the team offer dental implant placement and restoration. To make an appointment at the office in San Ramon or Santa Rosa, California, call or book online today.
Dental implants are small metal posts placed beneath your gums during oral surgery. Following placement, the implants integrate with your jaw, providing a firm base for an oral restoration like a fixed bridge, crown, or overdenture.
Dental implants feel and function like your natural, permanent teeth. If you brush and floss daily and visit the dentist every six months for professional teeth cleaning, they often last a lifetime.
Dental implants offer various advantages, including:
Dental implants can also improve your oral health. By replacing missing teeth, it’s possible to prevent more serious issues like gum recession, bone loss, or loose teeth.
At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, getting dental implants takes several appointments spaced over the course of 6-12 months.
At your first visit, the team conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals. Then, they take oral X-rays to assess the condition of your gums and jaw. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, prerequisite treatments like scaling and root planing or a bone graft may be necessary.
If everything looks good, the team administers a local anesthetic and may also use sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort. Then, they place the implants beneath your gums. The number of implants you get depends on the number of teeth missing and the type of restoration you want.
Following surgery, your mouth heals for a few months. During this time, the implants integrate with your bone. When this process is complete, you return to Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry. The team takes digital impressions of your mouth and sends them to a laboratory that creates your custom restorations.
When the lab completes the restorations, you return to the office for your final appointment. The team attaches your restorations to the implants. Then, they polish your teeth and provide you with care instructions.
You care for dental implants as though they’re your natural teeth. The team at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the nearest office at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
If you grind your teeth during sleep or play contact sports, consider wearing a night guard or mouthguard to prevent damage like chips or cracks.
To learn more about dental implants, make an appointment at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the nearest office or booking online today.