Dental implants are the most natural looking and feeling restorations that you can get. When you have one or several missing teeth, you could decide on a bridge or partial dentures, but among other things, both of those options are simply surface replacements. Our dental implants in Oakhurst replace not only the tooth, but the root. This ensures that your facial contours don’t change and that your bone and gum tissue don’t become eroded over time. So for filling up the empty space where you used to have a tooth, come to us at Oakhurst Family Dental. You’ll get your full smile back again and many benefits to go along with it.
In order to qualify for a dental implant, you will need to have generally healthy gums and a jaw bone that is sufficiently strong and thick to hold the implant in place. There are some other factors, such as having diabetes and being a smoker, that can affect whether you’re a good candidate or not, but we will discuss this with you as part of your exam and consultation. If your jaw bone is judged too thin, you can take advantage of bone grafting as a way of still being able to get our dental implants in Oakhurst.
There is a two-step process to getting an implant. First, our oral surgeon will place a cylindrical titanium post in your jaw. Over several months, your jaw bone will grow around it and fuse with the post, forging a durable bond. The second step is putting a tooth-colored crown on top and cementing it into place. That’s it. Of course, it’s vital that you have it done by an experienced and skilled oral surgeon such as ours. With our dental implants in Oakhurst, you’ll be able to eat and speak with full confidence. You can brush your dental implant and floss between it and your other teeth.
Unlike bridges, your surrounding teeth will remain unaffected by our dental implants in Oakhurst. And you won’t have to concern yourself with messy or unreliable adhesives as are required with partial dentures. Dental implants have a success rate of about 98%, which is outstanding. Call us today to get started.