Implant dentistry is a specialty that addresses missing teeth. At Folsom Medical Plaza, the team consists of implant specialists who have the experience and skills to create functional smiles. With dental implants, you can speak and smile confidently without anyone knowing you have artificial teeth — unlike traditional dentures. To find out how you can benefit from implants, call the office or book an appointment online today.
While missing teeth can be an aesthetic concern, it’s also a serious dental issue. Your teeth anchor directly into the underlying bone and stimulate the bone tissue as you bite or chew, keeping it strong and healthy.
If you have one or more missing teeth, it causes you to lose stimulation and your bone tissue may start to wear away (resorption). This can cause further damage to adjacent teeth and bone, leading to additional tooth loss.
Gaps in your smile may also prevent you from living life to the fullest. You might hide your smile and be more hesitant to participate in conversations. It might also affect your ability to get a nutritious diet, limiting your food choices.
Implant dentistry is a specialty that replaces missing teeth with implants and restorations such as crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures. Because implants anchor directly into your jawbone, they help preserve your bone health.
A dental implant is a metal post that replaces your natural tooth root and provides support for artificial teeth. Some systems may use a small piece called an abutment to connect your restoration to a post.
If you need to replace an entire row of teeth, systems like All-on-4 or All-on-6® secures artificial teeth using only four or six implanted posts. These options are excellent alternatives to full dentures.
Implant dentistry requires planning with your dental team. Your dentist first gathers information about your bone tissue and teeth using intraoral scanners, then they use advanced software to create a personalized treatment plan.
On the day of your procedure, your dentist administers numbing medication to keep you comfortable throughout the process. They then make an incision in your gums to create a pilot hole, where they will place the implant into your jawbone. Afterward, they close your gum tissue around the post to allow it to heal.
Once your bone tissue has fused with the post, your new restorations will function and look like your natural teeth.
Call Folsom Medical Plaza or book an appointment online if you’d like to learn more about implant dentistry today.