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13 02, 2016

Dental Implants: the Closest Thing to a Natural Tooth

Dental Implants in Fremont

Have you lost a tooth? Do you want to fill that hole in your smile? You might have considered a bridge or a partial denture. Of course, you wish you just had your old tooth back, even though you know that’s impossible. Or is it?

We can’t quite give you your tooth back, but we can come very close. A dental implant is very similar in many ways to a natural tooth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium post that’s surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. It acts much like the root of a natural tooth. On top of this “root” is a small connector piece, which holds on a crown, which is the artificial tooth. When placed correctly into healthy bone, a dental implant is secure enough to be used like a normal tooth for chewing, and it also looks natural.

What is the process for getting dental implants?

If you want dental implants, then you’ll need to find a dentist who’s qualified to place them. This isn’t something that every dentist can do well; it requires specialized training. Fortunately, your dentist in Fremont is trained in this procedure. Dr. Selway is an associate fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Placing the implant post

The process to place the implant is a minor surgery. The implant can be placed under just a local anesthetic, although many patients prefer to have sedation or a general anesthetic during the procedure. The surgeon makes a small cut in the gums, places the implant into the jaw bone, and then sews the gums shut over the implant. In order to place it safely, the dentist uses detailed images that were created beforehand using x-rays.

The process of integration

You’ll then need to wait for a few months for the implant to fuse with the bone tissue. This ensures that the implant will remain stable, like a natural tooth root. For this to happen, there must be no forces on the implant for a period of a few months. This is why an artificial tooth is usually not attached to the implant immediately; if it’s used to chew, the implant may not integrate into the bone and could become loose or even fall out.

Attaching the crown

Once the process of integration is complete and the implant is stable, it’s a very simple process for the dentist to attach the artificial tooth to its artificial root. This requires only local anesthetic. Although this part of procedure is routine for the dentist to perform, the effects are truly magical, as the patient gets to experience having their tooth back for the first time.

Considering dental implants in Fremont?

If you’re considering getting dental implants, then you need to find a dentist in Fremont with the right training and experience to do this procedure well. You want your dental implant to last a lifetime. Dr. Selway has the professional credentials to show that he can place dental implants at a high quality. If you’re curious about this procedure and want to learn more, come in for a consultation with Dr. Selway to find out whether dental implants would work for you.

Posted on February 13, 2016 By brendanselway, in