Dental Implants in Newbury Park
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have a few very good options. What you don’t have is the option not to replace teeth that you’ve lost. Missing teeth can lead to a number of other oral health problems, such as shifting teeth, gum disease and decay in other teeth. Furthermore, tooth loss can affect your general and psychological health, too. You may not be able to eat a well-balanced diet and just knowing that there is a gap in your smile is enough to make almost anyone self-conscious. At Paraiso Family Dental and Orthodontics, Dr. Chaffee and his team rebuild complete and beautiful smiles with dental implants in Newbury Park.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants don't only replace the portion of a tooth that everyone sees when you smile, they also replace the part that no one sees. The roots of your teeth serve to keep each tooth in its proper place. In addition, the root provides stimulation to your jawbone. When a tooth goes missing, the lack of stimulation often causes bone tissue to deteriorate. As a result, your jaw may actually begin to shrink, giving you a more haggard and aged appearance. With a dental implant acting just like a tooth root, you can avoid this problem.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, most patients qualify to have dental implants. Dr. Chaffee will be able to consult with you to determine whether or not implants are right for you. Sufficient bone density is very important to firmly hold your dental implants in place. But even patients who have previously worn dentures and have some bone loss—a common occurrence among denture wearers—may be able to have a bone grafting procedure.
Also, patients who are smokers or who have diabetes may have more difficulty recovering from the surgical procedure required for implants. And every dental implant candidate must be dedicated to maintaining good oral health with daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups.
Dental Implant Procedure
Your new smile with dental implants begins with minor oral surgery in our Newbury Park dental practice. Dr. Chaffee makes a small incision in the gum tissue and carefully positions a small post in your jawbone. This post is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that easily fuses with surrounding bone tissue. The fusion process is called osseointegration and happens over the course of a few months.
After you’ve completely healed and the post and bone are integrated, you’ll return to see Dr. Chaffee. He will attach a tooth restoration—a lifelike porcelain crown for a single missing tooth, a partial for more than one consecutively missing teeth or an implant retained denture for an entire arch.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaffee, please call Paraiso Family Dental and Orthodontics. We look forward to making your smile whole again!