Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth in a realistic-looking and highly functional manner. A dental implant is fully attached to the jaw, and thus it won't shift or fall out. Dr. Lloyd Pragasam at Pragasam Family Dentistry in Redlands, California is ready to help patients with custom dental implants that will restore a full and functional smile. Call Pragasam Family Dentistry or use our online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.
Dental implants are individual replacements for missing teeth. They're made from titanium, an ultra-strong biocompatible metal. Each titanium cylinder is anchored into the jaw to form a permanent support system for a replacement tooth. The replacement teeth are also made from titanium and are capped with dental crowns, which allows implants to look as natural as possible. A dental implant is a strong, secure, and long-lasting replacement for teeth that are lost because of disease, injury, or other causes.
Dental implants have several significant advantages when compared to dentures. Although dentures must be removed regularly for cleaning and maintenance, dental implants are permanent. Once the dental implants are in place, they'll work just like your natural teeth -- the only difference is that the root system on the implants is made from metal. With dental implants, you'll never need to worry about your teeth shifting or even falling out like you would with dentures. Overall, dental implants are as affordable as dentures, especially when you consider their superior longevity. Patients who have dentures typically suffer from bone atrophy and gum shrinkage, but dental implants allow you to greatly reduce these problems.
With dental implants, you can eat just like you would with your natural teeth. Since the titanium anchors the implant so firmly, there's no fear of the implant dislodging even when you eat more challenging foods like corn on the cob or caramel. You can even chew gum with dental implants, if you like.
It takes several visits to Pragasam Family Dentistry to complete the dental implant process. Some patients must have teeth extracted first, and that requires some healing time. The implant post and the replacement tooth are typically installed in the mouth during separate appointments, as your mouth needs some time to integrate the implant post before the teeth are attached. The whole process can take three to six months, but this can vary by patient and by situation. During all visits, you'll receive local anesthesia to keep you comfortable.