If you are missing one or multiple teeth, it’s time you looked into an effective restorative procedure called dental implants. If this is a new concept for you, let us explain: dental implants are tiny titanium roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone, which later fuse with the bone during a process called osseointegration. After healing, replacement teeth are added on top for a remarkable finish. This a permanent solution that provides strength, longevity and whole-mouth revitalization to patients who are missing teeth.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes! Amazingly, titanium is not rejected by the body, but welcomed as part of the body. Osseointegration was first discovered by a Swedish scientist that used titanium during a study about how bone heals. In the study, the titanium was only supposed to act as a support, but ended up completely fusing with the bone instead.

Dental implants are:

Missing teeth can result in bone loss and a structural imbalance in your bite. This can affect your ability to chew, speak, and smile. Bone loss in one area can cause other parts of the jaw to deteriorate and even collapse in extreme case. Dental implants stimulate the bone, allowing it to continue growing strong and healthy.

What are dental implants made of?

There are three components to a dental implant:

  1. The implant: This is a titanium screw that is permanently attached to the jaw. It serves as the root for the new tooth and provides stability for the structure.
  2. The abutment: This is a mechanism that lies by the gum line. After the implant is secured to the bone, the abutment supports and connects the crown to the implant.
  3. The crown: The dental crown is a prosthetic tooth held in place by the abutment. It functions like any other tooth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile normally. Most crowns are made of porcelain or zirconium.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes! Amazingly, titanium is not rejected by the body, but welcomed as part of the body. Osseointegration was first discovered by a Swedish scientist that used titanium during a study about how bone heals. In the study, the titanium was only supposed to act as a support, but ended up completely fusing with the bone instead.

Can I get dental implants?

Patients with healthy gums and bones are eligible to get dental implants. If you have a history of diabetes, heart disease, radiation therapy, or periodontal disease, the dentist will evaluate your ability to get dental implants on an individual basis. Talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

What is involved in the dental implants process?

The process is completed in four steps over a period of a few months to allow for osseointegration to occur.

  1. Consultation: Dr. Erwin will first have a consultation with you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, as well as if the implants will be compatible with your unique biochemistry. To support the implants, you will need enough bone and gum structure. Dr. Erwin will determine if you meet all the requirements before moving forward.
  2. Dental Implant Surgery: Dr. Erwin will perform a procedure in where the titanium implants are embedded into your jawbone by using a special drill. Once, embedded, your gums will be stitched up and you will go home for a recovery period.
  3. Osseointegration: During the recovery period which takes a few months, the implants will fuse with the jawbone and become like real tooth roots. The bone will actually grow around the implant, making for a fortified foundation for new replacement teeth.
  4. Addition of Replacement Teeth: After the titanium implants are completely fused with the jawbone, you will ready for your replacement teeth to be placed on top. These teeth will be custom-crafted to blend in with your smile. We will make sure to use a material biocompatible with you.

Do dental implants hurt?

Because sedation or local anesthesia is used during the procedure, most patients feel little to no pain when getting dental implants. After the procedure, patients may feel mild soreness in the gums or teeth. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to treat this.

How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants are just like regular teeth! You should maintain your oral hygiene routine like you normally would – brush twice a day (or after every meal), gargle with antibacterial mouthwash, and floss at least once a day. Although dental implants may not be susceptible to dental decay, they still require maintenance and care. Your gums need to stay healthy, so they can anchor the dental implants to your mouth. The crowns may also need to be replaced every once in a while due to natural wear. Most crowns can last 10 – 20 years without a problem, but make sure to see your dentist every six months for regular checkups anyway.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Erwin in Glendale

Dental implants can restore your confidence, oral health, and ultimately bring more balance into your life. Ask Dr. Erwin if dental implants are compatible with your unique biochemistry. Schedule a consultation today.