Traditional dentures and bridges are not your only options when it comes to replacing gaps in your smile. The experienced dental team at Beautiful Smiles, Inc. in Newport Beach, California offers dental implants to patients who want to permanently replace their missing teeth and improve their smile. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that securely holds a prosthetic tooth in place. Like your natural tooth roots, dental implants add support and stability, so your prosthetic teeth look and feel just like your real ones. Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, which ultimately need to be replaced over time, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
The dental implant process will require several separate visits to Beautiful Smiles, Inc. During your initial appointment, your dentist will go over your medical history and take X-rays, scans, and impressions of your teeth and jaw to ensure you have enough tissue and bone in your jaw to support the implant. If you do not, your dentist may recommend a bone graft.
At your next appointment, you will be given anesthesia to alleviate pain during your dental surgery. Then your dentist will screw your dental implant — a titanium post — directly into the socket where your missing tooth is. The implant is surgically embedded into your jawbone and surrounding tissue to ensure it is held securely in place.
As your mouth heals over the next six to 12 weeks, your dental implant will naturally anchor into place. Only when your mouth has fully healed will your dentist fit you for your prosthetic teeth — a crown or dentures, depending on your individual case.
In addition to their stability and long-lasting nature, dental implants:
Because dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, you can take care of them simply by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and scheduling routine visits with the Beautiful Smiles, Inc. dental team. On their own, dental crowns last approximately 10 to 15 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, last up to 25 years or more — a lifetime if you continue to good oral health practices.
If you think you would make a good candidate for dental implants, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.