Implant Dentistry

In Bakersfield Dental implants are substitutes for tooth roots that can be placed within the jawbone after a tooth has been lost. After a dental implant has been placed, a replacement tooth can be attached to it, filling the space in your smile and preventing other dental problems.

The most fundamental part of a healthy smile is good tooth-root structure. The roots of your teeth prevent teeth from shifting, maintain bone density, and provide the foundation for your smile.
 

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Whether it is a result of gum disease, decay, or trauma, losing a tooth is a serious event that must be corrected. A missing tooth can change the way you eat, smile,  and  speak, and it can cause many other dental problems.

Dental implants are substitutes for tooth roots that can be placed within the jawbone after a tooth has been lost. After a dental implant has been placed, a replacement tooth can be attached to it, filling the space in your smile and preventing other dental problems.  The replacement tooth is natural looking and feeling.  No one will ever know you were missing a tooth.
 

What is the Process?

In order to provide a permanent restoration for your missing tooth, dental implants are made of titanium and fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the dental implant has fully integrated with your jawbone, it provides a strong anchor for the replacement tooth.
 

The Types of Implants

 

Root Form Implant

Dental implants come in several different forms. The first type of dental implant is called a root form implant. This screw type implant is shaped like the root of a tooth. This is the most commonly used implant and is used where there is plenty of width and depth to your jawbone. If your jawbone is too narrow or short for placement of the Root Form implants, bone grafting may be needed to allow for their placement. After you’ve received anesthesia, your cosmetic dentist will expose an area of your jawbone and prepare the bone for the implant. The number of incisions and bone preparations depend on how many implants you need. The implant will be set into place and your gums are closed with stitches. It will take three to six months for healing. After you’ve fully healed, your implant is uncovered and an abutment is attached.

 

Plate Implant

The second type of dental implant is called a plate implant. f your jawbone is too narrow for bone grafting, a Plate Form implant is placed into your jawbone. The Plate Form implant is unique for this purpose as it has a flat and long shape for a better fit into a narrow jawbone. After you’ve received anesthesia, your cosmetic dentist will expose an area of your jawbone and prepare the bone for the implant. The number of incisions and bone preparations depend on how many implants you need. The implant will be set into place and your gums are closed with stitches. It will take three to six months for healing (some Plate Form implants are immediately ready for restoration without the long healing process).

 

Subperiosteal Implant

The last type of implant is called a subperiosteal implant. Subperiosteal implants are only used when the jawbone has deteriorated so much that a section of it must be enhanced with an artificial, custom made jawbone. Patients rarely need this type of implant and are perfectly fine with root form or plate dental implants.

After you implant has been placed, and it has integrated with the jawbone, a replacement tooth can be attached to it. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dental bridges, if multiple teeth are missing.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable. Replacement teeth are selected to perfectly match the rest of your natural teeth, and they perform just like any of your natural teeth.

If you are suffering from the effects of a missing tooth or teeth, and would like to correct your smile, dental implants may be the solution you have been looking for. Dr. Krauss has received training on restoring dental implants. Contact Bakersfield Smile Design, one of the premier Bakersfield Dental offices around, to learn more about dental implants.

 

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