Dental Implants Orange County
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Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The individual who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their unique facial contours will be preserved.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. These metal anchors, acting as tooth root substitutes, are surgically placed into the jaw bone. The bone then bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Next, small posts are attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
The procedure itself consists of two phases the surgical phase and the restorative phase. The surgical phase involves the actual placement of the implant itself. This procedure is best done by a specialist, such as a periodontist or an oral surgeon. Orange County cosmetic dentist, Dr. Eric Johnson works with only the premier specialists in the area for this procedure, and will make the appropriate recommendation based on your specific needs. After the implant is placed, it must heal in the bone before a tooth can be added to the top of it. The average healing time is 90 days.
The restorative phase involves the placement of a dental restoration crown, bridge, or denture over the dental implant. San Clemente dentist Dr. Johnson will then custom design the most appropriate dental restoration that will most appropriately and attractively treat the area. You are now ready to eat and smile again!