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Dental Implants FAQs, Rancho Cucamonga CA

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Are there alternatives to tooth replacement besides a bridge?

If you have any missing teeth, the best thing for your dental health is to have the gap filled as soon as possible. Dental implants are a source of artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures. However, Implants are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients need to be in good health, have healthy gums, and have adequate bone to support the implant. The patient must also be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, a thorough examination by your dentist will help determine if you would be a good candidate.

x-ray showing dental implants

What is involved in placing implants?

Surgery is performed to place an anchor. Surgery can take several hours, and up to six months can be required for the bone to grow around the anchor to firmly hold it in place. Some implants may require a second surgery in which a post is attached that connects the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are positioned at the same time.

After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. This step can take one to two months to complete, as several fittings may be required.

Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or in a hospital, depending upon a number of factors. A local or general anesthetic can be used. Usually pain medications and, if necessary, antibiotics are prescribed. Your dentist will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene.