Missing teeth can impair your oral health and affect your confidence. If you’re missing teeth, schedule a visit for dental implants with Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Dental implants are an innovative solution for replacing missing teeth that can make your smile full again. Book your visit by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.
Dental implants are metal posts inserted under your gum line where you’re missing a tooth. They’re a highly effective and modern means for replacing missing teeth.
The metals used in dental implants are biocompatible, which allows your bone tissue to fuse with the implant. This makes your implant just like a tooth root, providing a firm foundation on top of which Dr. Barrera can attach a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Dental implants can improve your appearance by filling in the gaps where you’re missing teeth. They also improve many aspects of your oral health, as well, including better speaking, the ability to chew your food with ease, and preventing the rest of your teeth from shifting.
By creating a foundation that’s just like your natural tooth roots, dental implants replace your tooth with a system that looks, feels, and functions better than other restorative options. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone, which prevents your bone tissue from deteriorating and preserves the appearance of your face.
To qualify for the dental implant procedure, you need to have an otherwise healthy mouth. If you have any signs of gum disease, Dr. Barrera needs to treat it before you can get your implants.
You also need to have enough bone tissue in your jaw for your implants to properly root. If you’ve experienced bone loss or just don’t have enough bone tissue, Dr. Barrera might recommend a bone graft before getting your implant.
Dr. Barrera embeds your dental implants with a minor surgical procedure that involves cutting open your gum, creating a small hole in your jawbone, and inserting the implant.
After a few months, your gums will have healed and your implant will have fused to your jawbone, at which point Dr. Barrera inserts the abutment.
Once your implant and abutment are secure, Dr. Barrera takes an impression of your mouth and fits you with a crown, bridge, or dentures.
To get started on your dental implants, call Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.