by Dr. Sean Moran on January 3, 2012
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may feel uncomfortable or unhappy about the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, you do not have to live with distressing smile imperfections.
If you are looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace missing teeth, Dr.Sean Moran, DDS can help. Dental implants are expertly placed and restored at our unique San Francisco practice, Sansome Dental Care. Implants will restore your smile, making it look and feel complete again. Not only will you look amazing, your teeth will also function just as your natural teeth would, and your overall oral health will improve. We aim to give each patient a stunning, healthy smile and a pleasurable experience throughout the process. To learn more about dental implants, contact our office today at 415-433-9032.
Before beginning the dental implant placement procedure, Dr. Moran will examine your teeth and gums to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for implants. The implant itself is a titanium post that functions as the root of the tooth; it is anchored in the jawbone, and supports a replacement tooth. The placement of the implant post, the replacement tooth, and the piece that connects them (called an abutment) is spread into three different stages:
Appointment 1: Oral surgery must be performed to place the titanium implant in the jawbone. The goal is for the bone tissue to grow around the implant so it stays securely in place and anchors the new tooth. It may take several months for the implant and surrounding bone tissue to completely heal.
Appointment 2: Abutment placement is another surgery, although less invasive than the first. The abutment is a small piece that is affixed to the top of the titanium post and holds the prosthetic tooth in position. Healing should take several weeks following the procedure.
Appointment 3: Attaching the replacement tooth is a simple procedure in which Dr. Moran screws the dental prosthetic (usually a crown) onto the exposed portion of the abutment. The tooth will be made of either porcelain or acrylic, and will match the appearance of your natural surrounding teeth.
We may recommend a teeth whitening treatment so your improved smile is bright and beautiful. Dr. Moran can also place and restore dental implants as part of a complete smile makeover.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Moran will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. There must be sufficient bone density and healthy gums for the implant to be securely placed. Patients should be committed to maintaining dental implants properly. Good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, and routine checkups are necessary to keep dental implants healthy and looking great. Implants can be placed for a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to anchor a dental bridge.
It is important to be well informed of risks and side effects prior to commencing any treatment. Immediately following the procedure, your gums may be swollen and you may experience some soreness in your mouth. As you heal, you should eat only soft foods and practice proper cleaning habits to avoid infection. Additionally, Dr. Moran will want to see you to check your dental implants as they heal.
If you have one or more teeth missing, it is important to seek treatment from a skilled dentist. Missing teeth can cause you to look older than you may want, and can also cause oral health problems. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can give you a bright, beautiful smile. To learn more about dental implants, contact Sansome Dental Care today.