For patients who are missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent solution to restore the appearance and function of your natural teeth. Dental implants are versatile and can be individually placed when a patient requires the replacement of only one tooth to many missing teeth.
Individually Placing Dental Implants in Marin County, CA
Dental implants are comprised of a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown. To begin the procedure for dental implants, Dr. Seda will place the biocompatible posts in your jaw bone at the site of the missing teeth (or tooth). The abutment serves as a connector for the post and the crown.
These posts will eventually fuse with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration, replicating the strong bond of a tooth root in the jaw bone. This process takes several months and in the meantime, temporary crowns are placed on these dental implant posts to mimic the function of your natural teeth. When the posts are completely integrated, your permanent crowns are placed.
No additional or special care is required of dental implants, and while this example is for single missing teeth, it is possible to use this same technique to replace multiple missing teeth, even though other options are available.
Factors Affecting the Success of Dental Implants in Marin County, CA
To successfully replace missing teeth with dental implants, a certain amount of bone density is required. It is possible, in some cases, to increase bone density with grafts.
Gum disease will negatively affect your dental implants and should be treated before having the procedure for dental implants.
While it may not preclude you from replacing missing teeth with dental implants, smoking is a factor that must be taken into consideration.
If you have existing dental work, Dr. Seda may be able to replace or improve your dental appliances with dental implants.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants in Marin County, CA?
Dr. Sedacan help you to determine whether implants are the right choice to replace your missing teeth, based on a thorough examination. Call our office to make an appointment for a consultation.
Dr. Seda, a periodontist located in Marin County, CA, services patients from San Rafael, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross and San Anselmo. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!