Before dental implants, patients had two options to replace missing teeth: a bridge or a denture. Implants have almost entirely replaced the need for dental bridges and now dentures can be stabilized with implants to provide a more secure fit. We no longer need to drill on healthy teeth to make a dental bridge. With implant technology we can use your jaw to stabilize a tooth; almost like a natural tooth receives its support. People love how implants provide more support and stability to their dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium and are surgically placed to integrate with the jaw. Once integrated with the bone, natural looking and white teeth can be attached to the implant to restore lost teeth. These teeth are strong and durable, and with care can last your lifetime. Occasionally, tooth wear and infection can cause implants, or their attached teeth, to be replaced. We take special care to minimize these risks for you. Let us be your Rancho Cucamonga Dentist for dental implants!
Reasons for dental implants:
Cosmetic issues due to missing teeth.
Replace teeth without drilling on adjacent teeth.
Jaw joint pain correction due to missing teeth.
Speech correction caused by missing teeth.
Collapsed facial structure restoration.
What is the process of getting implants?
For optimal results, a dental implant starts with a consultation. Impressions, measurements, and x-rays are taken at this appointment to assess the teeth, gums, and jaw bone health and density. The dentist will then estimate the amount of time and visits treatment will take. A straightforward implant case normally takes about 6 months: 5 months to integrate with the bone and 1 month to attach a custom natural tooth. To minimize high failure rates, Baseline Dental Practice does not perform same day implant tooth placement or same day dentures with implants.
The implant procedure begins by numbing the implant site. The dentist then accesses the bone and makes an artificial socket fit to the size of a new dental implant, or artificial root. The dentist inserts the implant in the artificial bone socket flush with the surface level of the bone. The implant is covered with a healing cap, and then covered again partially or completely with the gum tissue. Integration of the implant and surrounding bone takes place over the next 4-5 months until the implant is completely stabilized. After the implant integrates with the bone the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches a post, or abutment, to the dental implant. This abutment is then captured in an impression and sent to a dental lab where they fabricate a crown custom fit to your implant and mouth. At the final visit, the dentist uses a strong cement to attach the crown to the abutment and dental implant.
After treatment you will receive care instructions on appropriate oral hygiene and eating habits. Alongside regular dental visits and proper care, you will have a healthy smile restored again.