Dental Implants in Walnut Creek CA
Many patients choose dental implants to replace either a single missing tooth or several teeth. They are screw-like, cylinderical in shape and made of surgical grade titanium. Anchored in the jawbone, implants act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, dental implants can be used to attach dentures.
Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They have become a very reliable and long lasting replacement of missing teeth.
Dental implants are generally placed in a 3 part process that takes approximately 4 to 6 months. The first step involves the surgical placement of the implant cylinder into the jaw bone. The implant then remains in the bone under the gum tissue for approximately 3 to 4 months whlie the bone integrates (or attaches) to the surface of the implant.
The second step involves uncovering the top of the implant and attaching a cap to the dental implant to allow the gum tissue to heal around the top of the implant. This period takes 2 to 4 weeks of healing.
The third step involves the placement of a precision -fitted post extension to the top of the dental implant. Finally, a crown is placed onto the post completing the process of the implant tooth!
Nothing can replace a healthy tooth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it is good to know there is the predictable alternative of a dental implant. See below for additional information on dental implants.
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To view a video presentation of an implant procedure please click here, Implant Procedures
Also, you can view a video presentation about dental implants in the ADA PATIENT LIBRARY video section.