If you’re missing a tooth or need an extraction, you may need a dental implant. Missing teeth can cause several issues, affecting your appearance and oral health. At JP Dental Care in Fountain Valley, California, Jonggoo Park, DDS, and his team specialize in installing dental implants to restore your smile and relieve discomfort. Call JP Dental Care or use the online booking tool today to schedule a consultation for dental implants.
Dental implants are metal tooth roots that fuse with your jawbone to support dental prostheses like dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. That replaces one missing tooth or several missing teeth, improving the appearance and health of your smile.
At JP Dental Care, the team of experienced dental professionals create a comfortable environment for you to receive a painless dental implant procedure.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may need a dental implant. When you’re missing a tooth, your surrounding teeth can shift into the gap, creating abnormal tooth alignment. Your missing teeth can also cause your jaw to weaken or soften, leading to jaw fractures or further tooth loss.
By creating a permanent and strong foundation for a replacement tooth, dental implants can prevent these issues by filling in the gaps caused by your missing teeth and stabilizing your jaw.
Dental implants provide other benefits, including:
Dental implants also assist in supporting your speech, comfort, and chewing abilities that are typically affected when you have missing teeth.
When you arrive at JP Dental Care to receive a dental implant, the team examines the problem area, taking X-rays if necessary. Next, they create a treatment plan tailored to your needs that considers how many teeth need replacing and the health of your surrounding teeth and jawbone.
If your jawbone lacks the density necessary to receive a dental implant, you may need a bone graft. This surgical procedure replaces missing bone in your jaw with bone grafting materials to encourage new bone development.
Once you’re ready to begin the procedure, the team administers local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on your preference. When the anesthesia takes effect, the team begins surgically placing metal implants into your jaw.
After the procedure, you must give your jaw time to properly heal, eating soft foods and icing your face daily. Once your jaw has healed, you’ll return to the office for the team to mount the dental crown, bridge, or dentures to the implant.
To learn more about dental implants and how you can improve the health and appearance of your smile, call JP Dental Care or use the online booking tool today.