The purpose of an implant is to replace missing teeth with a realistic prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. At TLC Dental Care, the implant is a small post of titanium surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the jawbone has healed and reached full strength, an abutment can be placed on top of the implant, holding the replacement crown in place. An implant crown will be custom crafted to match the color and shape of your existing teeth so that it blends in seamlessly.
Who Is a Candidate for Implants?
Healthy gums and jawbone tissue are necessary for implant placement. Adequate bone is needed to support the titanium posts that replace tooth roots. An absence of gum disease is also essential to safeguard against gum tissue and jawbone infection. Dental implant patients also require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts before restorative work. Additionally, some patients may benefit from sedation to feel calm and relaxed throughout treatment. During an initial appointment, we will thoroughly examine whether you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. We will also discuss the treatment details and answer any questions you have about treatment. When you schedule your consultation, mention if you are taking any medications or have had any previous sinus issues, as these factors can influence your candidacy for treatment.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
- Modern implants look natural, feel stable, and function like natural teeth. The crown attached to an implant seems identical to your natural tooth, so your smile stays natural. Your new teeth are also designed to fit in with the other teeth in your mouth, so you feel confident when speaking, eating, or laughing naturally again.
- Implants help to prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place as they will with tooth loss due to decay or gum disease. So you don’t have to worry that you’ll eventually have to get a new set of veneers after all of your teeth shift around.
- Dentures often slip around in the mouth when they are first put into place, making it difficult to speak and eat normally. With dental implants, most people find that their speech is back to normal within just a few days. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out when you talk or eat!
- Getting a dental implant can be lengthy and requires multiple office visits over several months. However, what’s great about implants is that once the procedure is complete, your new teeth can last a lifetime if you care for them properly with regular brushing, flossing, and professional maintenance checkups.
The purpose of an implant is to replace missing teeth with a realistic prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Visit TLC Dental Care at 1101 West Tokay Street Suite 1, Lodi, CA 95240, or call (209) 334-2821 for the best dental care.