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How do dental implants work?

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Learn about Dr. Deanna Risos dental implants dentistry in Chula Vista, CA. Schedule a consultation with the best dental implant dentist in Chula Vista.

Dental implants are the best modern way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants help to preserve teeth-supporting bone as well as giving you a longer-lasting result. Dental implants are a long-term investment in your smile, health, and overall well-being.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are man-made tooth roots in the form of small screw-shaped titanium that is used to replace the root part of the missing tooth. The surgical procedure involved in performing dental implants minimally invasive and requires only the use of anesthesia. Once the tooth has healed, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made tooth that matches your existing teeth.

How do dental implants work?

The dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space left by the missing truth through a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then left to heal for a period of times, usually, months before the crown is attached. This healing period allows the dental implant to be fused firmly to the jawbone surrounding it.

What kind of tooth replacement options allow for dental implants?

Dr. Deanna Risos provides the following tooth replacement options for dental implants:

    • Replace one tooth: This treatment option is the most successful giving you best long-term results. It is the most cost-effective and the implants will never decay or fall.
    • Replace multiple teeth: This treatment is most effective for missing teeth in a row or you have more than one teeth missing.
    • Replace all teeth permanently: Dental implants can be used to support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth by fixing implants into the mouth and are never removed. This treatment protects your jawbone and lasts a lifetime.
    • Support removable dentures: A removable denture is attached to your dental implants to aid in transferring jaw pressure into the bone structure instead of the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you speak or eat. Dental implants make removable dentures comfortable and healthier to wear.

Do dental implants need special care and maintenance?

Poor oral hygiene and excessive biting forces can cause dental implants to lose attachment to the bones and fail even if it has successfully fused. Lack of regular cleaning of the teeth can also lead to a destructive bacterial infection known as peri-implantitis. To prevent this from occurring, floss and brush your teeth on a regular basis. Avoid excessive biting forces like clenching or grinding your teeth to protect the implants.

Request an Appointment

Come for a free consultation with Dr. Deanna Risos, dental implant dentistry in Chula Vista to help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

Schedule an appointment online or contact Dr. Deanna Risos at (619)482-8880.

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