It’s time to find out more about this lifelong tooth replacement.
Are you an adult who is missing one or more teeth? If so, our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist Dr. Richard Hamaty is here to help restore your smile and improve your oral health for the long-term. One way in which we can replace missing teeth is through a dental implant, which is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth roots. Let’s find out more about how implants replace missing teeth and could last the rest of your life.
As we mentioned, implants need to be placed into the jawbone. Before this can happen our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist will need to drill a small hole into the jawbone. Once we have drilled a hole in the precise location where your missing tooth once was then we can place the implant into the hole and then stitch up the gums. This minor surgery is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia.
After surgery, we will give your mouth up to six months to fully heal. The healing process is crucial because something pretty amazing happens during these several months. As the jawbone and tissue begin to heal they grow around the implant and even fuse together with the metal post. Implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the body will not reject the implant and will actually treat it like it’s a natural part of your mouth. Once the implant and jawbone fuse together the implant is permanent.
Dental implants boast a very high success rate. Of course, the health and longevity of your implant really rely on you. This means that you will have to maintain good oral health and hygiene. Remember to brush twice a day and floss daily. Treat your implant just like the rest of your natural teeth when it comes to maintenance and care. Furthermore, you will need to visit your Yorba Linda, CA, general dentist every six months for checkups to make sure your oral health is in the best possible shape.
Are you interested in getting dental implants? Want to find out if this is the best tooth replacement to meet your goals? If so, call our dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamaty.