Are you hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed about missing teeth? Do your dentures not fit as well as you had hoped? You may want to consider dental implants, which look and feel just like your natural teeth. Ryan Zhuoran Zhao, DDS, PhD, and his team at Harmony Smile Dental in Sunnyvale, California, specialize in dental implants and can determine if they make a good fit for you. Call the office at (408) 738-1000 today or book an appointment online to learn more about dental implants and how they can transform your smile.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. So, it not only replaces your missing tooth, but also your missing root.
The dental implant is composed of:
- Dental implant: a screw-like piece that is bonded to your jawbone
- Abutment: a connector that goes on top of the implant
- Crown: replaces your missing tooth
The dental implant itself is made from titanium, which is the same metal used to make knee replacements.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many oral health benefits. Dr. Zhao likes dental implants because they:
- Look, feel, and function like your natural teeth
- Serve as a permanent solution to missing teeth
- Decrease risk of bone loss, periodontal disease, and movement of your teeth
- Prevent further tooth loss
- Replace your need for dentures or bridge
And with dental implants, treatment only affects the area of the missing tooth. With a bridge, your natural teeth act as a support system and require modifications in order to secure the replacement tooth.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Zhao determines if you’re a good candidate for dental implants after a consultation. However, with advances in dentistry and dental implants, almost anyone is a good candidate for dental implants. You may not be considered a good candidate for dental implants if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or osteoporosis.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The team at Harmony Smile Dental can restore your smile with dental implants in 3-4 visits to the office. During the first visit, X-rays and a mold of your mouth are taken and your surgical team develops a treatment plan for you.
At your second visit, your implant is placed and allowed to bond with your bone over the next three months or so. When your dental implant has fully bonded to your bone and is secure, the team joins a permanent crown to your implant to complete your smile.
With good dental care, your dental implant can last for 30 or more years. Dr. Zhao recommends you continue to brush and floss daily and come in for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings to maintain good oral health.
To learn more about dental implants, call Harmony Smile Dental today or request an appointment online.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.