When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, there’s no better option than a dental implant restoration. Christina Tourtlotte, DDS, and the team of dental professionals at River Oak Dental Spa in Oakdale, California, offer dental implant restorations that can significantly improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Call River Oak Dental Spa or book a visit online to get started with your dental implant restoration.
A dental implant restoration is a crown, bridge, or set of dentures that are fitted to a dental implant. Using a dental implant to hold your restoration provides a tooth-replacement solution that feels secure, comfortable, and natural.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa surgically embed into your jawbone. They’re tiny posts or bars made from titanium, which fuse with your bone tissue as you heal from your surgery. This process is called osseointegration, and it makes it so that your dental implant and restoration effectively replicate your natural tooth structures.
There are a number of benefits to replacing your missing teeth, such as preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, restoring the appearance of your smile, and making it easier for you to properly eat, speak, and digest. And when it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quite a few advantages over other, more traditional techniques.
Unlike a bridge, which uses crowns sealed to your adjacent teeth to hold your artificial tooth in place, dental implants connect directly to your jawbone and don’t require you to alter any of your healthy natural teeth.
Because dental implants connect directly to your jawbone, they also provide your bone tissue with healthy stimulation. Unlike bridges or dentures, which leave your artificial teeth to rest on top of your gum tissue, dental implants help to prevent bone loss in your jaw that’s so commonly seen in patients with missing teeth.
First, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa determine if you’re a viable candidate for dental implants. You need healthy gums and a certain amount of bone tissue in your jaw for implants to work. If you’re suffering from gum disease or have lost too much bone in your jaw, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team might recommend periodontal treatment or a bone graft first.
Once Dr. Tourtlotte and the team give you the go-ahead for dental implants, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic, make a small incision in your gums, and embed the implant in your jawbone. After about six months, your implant will have fully fused. You return for another appointment to get your abutment, a small post that connects to your implant and sticks out above your gumline.
Once your mouth has healed and your abutment is secure, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team take an impression of your mouth. They use that impression to make your restoration, which they permanently attach to your implant.
Schedule your dental implant restoration visit with River Oak Dental Spa today by phone or online.