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 today or book an appointment online to learn more about dental implants and how they can transform your smile.
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:
The dental implant itself is made from titanium, which is the same metal used to make knee replacements.
Dental implants offer many oral health benefits. Dr. Zhao likes dental implants because they:
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.
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.
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.