01 Nov 2021

When should I Consider Dental Implants?

When Should I Consider Dental Implants?

If you have experienced the loss of one or more teeth, you may already feel uncomfortable and embarrassed by the appearance and function of your smile. But what options are available to you? Which tooth replacement treatment is most appropriate for your unique needs? Dr. William V. Carlo is a dentist in the Bankers Hill, CA area who is here to help guide patients through the process of obtaining a dental implant and find out if it is the best treatment for tooth loss based on an assessment of each patient.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution that patients often consider when thinking about replacing one or more teeth that is more permanent than a removable partial denture. The implant itself is a titanium post that is placed by the dentist into the bone of the jaw where a tooth once remained. The jaw’s bone grows around the implant to fuse it to the jawbone, after which it is restored using a crown, bridge, or denture.

What do I need to know about dental implants?

Many patients are curious about dental implants and whether or not they are an appropriate candidate. Dental implants are a fantastic solution for individuals who want a permanent, no-fuss solution to missing teeth. The implants will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, making it more critical than ever for patients to maintain their routine dental visits every six months. Dr. William V. Carlo and his team will evaluate the implants at each visit to ensure they are firmly in place and functioning as they should.

How long does it take to have dental implants done?

The process of obtaining dental implants can take some time. First, patients need to be evaluated to determine if they are appropriate candidates for implants. Second, the planning of placement is done using dental x-rays, which also ensures there is sufficient bone for a successful procedure. Third, the procedure for placement occurs, during which a patient undergoes oral surgery. The dentist will place the implant into the bone of the jaw and suture the gums around it. Several weeks are needed to ensure the process of osseointegration (bone growth) happens as expected and solidifies the implant in place. Once this has occurred, the dental implant can be restored over the abutment with a porcelain restoration.

Why should I get a dental implant?

Dental implants have several advantages that make them a highly desirable option for many of our patients. Dental implants are:

  • Long-lasting, offering a permanent solution for missing teeth
  • Natural-looking, appearing and functioning just like natural teeth
  • Perfect for maintaining the natural bone in the jaw and avoiding a “sunken” appearance to the mouth area common in long-term denture wearers
  • An intelligent investment in the smile over time
  • Versatile, allowing patients to replace one, several, or all of the teeth in the mouth
  • Strong and durable
  • Easy to care for with brushing and flossing as one would with the rest of the smile

How do I learn more about obtaining a dental implant in Bankers Hill?

Suppose you are considering the benefits of dental implants and want to speak to a dentist in Bankers Hill about this or other tooth replacement options. In that case, we welcome you to call the office of Dr. William V. Carlo in Bankers Hill, San Diego, California. His facility is located at 3330 3rd Avenue, Suite #200, and can be reached for an appointment at (619) 285-0950. He is open to new and returning patients of the community seeking quality dental care.

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