Dental Implants in Elk Grove, CA
A Real Solution for Missing Teeth
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than one out of three Americans is living with at least one missing tooth. This is alarming, especially when we consider the adverse effects that tooth loss can have on your life: It leads to jawbone depletion, causes your remaining natural teeth to shift position, and makes speaking difficult.
Natural-looking dental implants are the only restoration that actively reverses the health issues caused by tooth loss, making them the gold-standard of tooth replacement.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution that’s surgically attached to your jawbone, providing remarkable stability and comfort. Your dental implants won’t move around in your mouth while you’re eating, drinking, or speaking.
What Are Dental Implants?
At Wackford Dental, our implants are composed of three pieces: the fixture, which is a titanium post that secures the implant in your jawbone, the abutment, which connects the fixture and your restoration, and the restoration, which is a porcelain crown that’s custom-made to match your smile. The natural-looking crown is the only portion of the implant that your friends will see.
We can use dental implants to restore a single missing tooth, more than one missing teeth, or even a full arch. We can also use dental implants to secure a dental bridge or to give your existing dentures a firm and comfortable hold.
What Is the Implant Process?
The field of dentistry is constantly evolving. Thanks to recent technological advances, dental implants are now available to more people than ever before. If you’re interested in repairing your smile with this remarkable solution, there are just a few steps to complete.
Step One: Your Consultation
The first step in the dental implant process is to schedule your consultation with one of our qualified implant dentists, Dr. Elsemary or Dr. Salem. During this meeting, we’ll perform a complete examination of your smile, review your dental history, and discuss the pros and cons of your available treatment options.
If you decide that dental implants are the way to go, we can begin planning your treatment right away.
Sometimes, our Elk Grove dentist might recommend a supplemental treatment to fully prepare a patient for the implant process. Conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, or limited jawbone density can jeopardize the viability of your implants, so we’ll treat these issues before we place your dental implants.
Step Two: Implant Placement
The second step of the implant process is when our Wackford Dental dentist surgically places the titanium fixture, the section of the implant that works like a natural tooth root to hold your implant in place.
This is a minor surgical procedure that we perform right here in our office. Once we place the fixture, your jawbone will develop a firm bond with the implant fixture through a process called osseointegration.
Step Three: Your Restoration
You’ll want to take some time to rest and relax following your implant surgery. As soon as your jawbone is fully acclimated to the implant fixture, you’ll return to our office so our implant dentist can attach the abutment and your porcelain crown.
Porcelain is an outstanding material to use for dental restorations because it’s durable and it glistens in the light the way your natural teeth do. Once the crown is placed, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new smile for years to come.
Investing in Your Self-Confidence
Dental implants have one of the highest success rates of any tooth restoration option. They’re also the only treatment that reverses bone depletion by stimulating jawbone growth.
If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants, contact Wackford Dental today. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help. Dr. Elsemary and Dr. Salem will make sure you get the best possible care.