Permanently Restore Missing Teeth
Dental Implants In Elk Grove
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, Dr. Winslow offers expert care and permanent solutions with dental implants. After implant treatment, you will be able to eat, speak, and smile again with confidence. Don’t let missing teeth affect your oral health and day-to-day life any longer! Schedule your consultation now to see if a dental implant is the right choice for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Understanding the Basics
There are two primary parts of a dental implant. The implant itself is a small screw-shaped piece of titanium, which is implanted directly into your gums and jaw during implant placement surgery. Once it heals, it will function as an artificial tooth root.
Next, an implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown for a single-tooth implant, can be placed. This dental prosthetic replaces your missing tooth and restores your smile. Single-tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant, however, full-arch implants are also available at our office.
Full arch implants use a series of 4-6 dental implants in the upper, lower, or both arches of the teeth to support an implant-retained denture, and replace a full arch of teeth. We also offer implant maintenance at our office. We can clean and examine your implants as part of your routine dental visit, ensuring that they remain healthy and in good condition.
Why Should I Choose a Dental Implant?
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants last longer than any other method of restoring missing teeth, with a lifespan of 30+ years.
- They will never move or shift in your mouth, and they look and feel completely natural.
- Single-tooth implants also require no special at-home oral care. You can simply brush and floss normally to keep them strong and healthy.
- Implants are very convenient compared to dentures because they are a permanent tooth replacement solution.
What to Expect
The Implant Placement Process
Once you’ve been approved for treatment and Dr. Winslow has developed your implant placement plan, you’ll come in for your placement appointment. Your mouth will be numbed and Dr. Winslow will clean the implant site. You will be sedated to ensure a pain-free treatment.
Then, Dr. Winslow will create a small opening in the gums and jaw, and place the implant precisely in this opening. The area will be cleaned, disinfected, and sutured shut to promote healing.
Understanding the Recovery Process
Healing & Osseointegration
It takes between 7-14 days for your mouth to initially recover from implant surgery. During this time, Dr. Winslow will give you instructions to follow, which will ensure that your mouth heals properly.
However, it takes between 3-6 months for the implant to bond with your bone structure through a process called osseointegration. Titanium implants have the unique ability to bond with your gum and jaw tissue permanently, but this is a relatively slow process. Even after your mouth feels healed, it will take some more time to ensure that the implant has permanently attached itself to your jaw bone.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Candidates for Dental Implants
As long as your mouth is free of any major oral health issues, like gum disease and tooth decay, and your jaw bone is relatively strong, you are a good candidate for dental implants. To learn more and get approved for implants, schedule a consultation at The Grove Family Dental today!