Dental implants are low maintenance, sturdy, and durable. This makes them an enticing alternative to bridges and dentures for many patients who want to feel like they never lost teeth in the first place. At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, Michelle de la Vega, DDS, restores your smile with natural-looking crowns for your implants. To learn more about dental implant restoration, call Genesis Dentistry Dental Group or book an appointment online today.
Dental implant restoration involves restoring or replacing a crown that goes over a dental implant and fills the gap in your teeth. If you’d like to restore your smile with dental implants, Dr. de la Vega arranges an appointment for you with a specialist who places the implants in your jawbone.
Following the implant placement process, Dr. de la Vega creates your custom crowns to attach to your implants. They stay in your mouth permanently and are the nearest teeth replacement option to your natural set that you can find. The frequency that you’ll need to replace the crowns depends on the forces of your bite, your ability to care for them, and certain lifestyle habits.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants, you’ll discuss the possibility with Dr. de la Vega first to weigh the benefits and drawbacks. If you decide to have implant placement, you’ll work with a specialist over the course of several months.
To sum up the implant placement process, the implant specialist makes an incision in your gums to gain access to your jawbone. They make sure that your bone is strong enough to support the metal implants before screwing the implants in. The implants act like the roots of your natural teeth and include abutment attachments that screw into them to hold the crowns in place.
Dr. de la Vega creates an implant crown according to the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. She secures it to the abutment and makes sure that it fits in alongside your other teeth. If it breaks or accumulates wear-and-tear, she makes you a new one to replace it.
Caring for dental implants is nearly the same as caring for your natural teeth. To keep the crown and the area around your implant clean, Dr. de la Vega recommends:
If you don’t care for your implants, the gum tissue around them can start to erode. Eventually, you can lose some of your jawbones.
If you have any questions about caring for your implants or if they don’t feel right, be sure to contact Dr. de la Vega or ask her during a follow-up appointment.
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implant restoration, call Genesis Dentistry Dental Group or book a consultation online today.