Have you lost most or all of your permanent teeth? Are you tired of wearing traditional dentures that slip or slide around your mouth, making chewing and speaking difficult? If so, dental implants are worth considering. At Lancaster Dental Care Associates in Lancaster, California, Kamran Saidara, DDS, and the team specialize in the safe and effective placement of dental implants. To request your consultation, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.
Dental implants are small metallic posts, usually made of titanium, that the team at Lancaster Dental Care Associates surgically places in the sockets of one or more missing teeth. Each implant acts as a replacement tooth root. They feature metal connectors, known as abutments, that attach to a false tooth or crown.
In addition to restoring the aesthetic appearance of your smile, dental implants mimic the strength and durability of your natural teeth. As a result, they’re much longer-lasting than traditional prosthetics such as crowns and bridges.
Dental implants provide a wide variety of benefits, including:
Dental implants are also convenient. If you’re used to wearing dentures, you know that you have to remove them and clean them regularly. Dental implants stay in place, and they don’t require any sticky or messy denture adhesives.
Receiving dental implants usually takes a period of between six months and one year. At your initial consultation, the team at Lancaster Dental Care Associates does an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones and tooth roots. If you have healthy gums and your jawbones have enough room to hold implants, they move forward with treatment. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue, they might recommend a sinus lift or bone graft.
Before your implant surgery, the team administers a local anesthetic. After the anesthesia sets in, they place one implant for each missing tooth. After placing the metal posts, you return home for a period of between 3-4 months, allowing your mouth to heal. During this time, your bone tissue grows around the implants, affixing them to your jaw.
Once your mouth heals, you return to the office, and the team takes molds of your bite. They also attach abutments to each implant. Finally, they send your molds to a dental laboratory that manufactures your crowns or false teeth. A week or two later, the team bonds your crowns to your implants, restoring your smile to its near original condition.
Request your dental implant consultation today by calling Lancaster Dental Care Associates or using the online booking tool.