Dental implants are artificial roots that are directly implanted into your jaw bone. Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, may attach these implants to your jaw for a variety of reasons. The implants may hold a crown to replace a missing tooth, or a series of implants may be used to affix dentures to your jaw.
The process of placing dental implants usually takes three to six months to allow the jaw bone time to heal around the implant. This process is known as osseointegration. Once the bone has fused around the implant, it becomes a permanent feature of the jaw bone.
Dental implants are typically placed using local anesthetic. The implant, which is a metal rod that is composed of a biocompatible metal like titanium, is then placed in the jaw bone. After it has healed, Dr. Frame can then attach the crown to the implant, or fit the dentures or bridge to the implant. The implant will provide a firm base for crown or dental device.
Crowns that are attached to dental implants are a lasting solution for a missing tooth. The crown can last up to twenty years if it is cared for properly, and it can be easily replaced if it becomes damaged. These artificial teeth can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Only you and Dr. Frame will know that it is not your real tooth.
The risks for dental implant surgery are few. Rarely, infection can occur during the healing process. Some patients experience inflammation and discomfort during the healing process, while most patients experience minimal discomfort.
If you are interested in learning about dental implants and are wondering if this treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Frame.
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