Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics
Serving the Inland Empire including Hesperia, San Bernardino, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Dental implants replace roots with metal posts and substitute damaged teeth with prosthetics that function just like your natural teeth would. If you think your teeth are damaged or want to fill in gaps in your smile, contact the nearest team at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics around Southern California to learn more about dental implants. There are five convenient locations in San Bernardino, Rancho Mirage, Hesperia, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are standard care for the replacement of missing or damaged teeth.
They’re surgically placed into the jawbone, and they fuse with the bone over a few months. Titanium is the primary material in dental implants, and its use allows the implants to integrate into the bone without the body identifying it as a foreign object.
These artificial roots are foundations, future homes for your replacement teeth. They provide stability and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
They’re great alternatives to bridges or dentures, as implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support. Bridges do, effectively increasing the risk of damaging neighboring teeth.
When do you need a dental implant?
You should consider speaking with a team member at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics about a dental implant if you experience:
- Lingering, unprovoked pain
- Severe toothache
- Gum swelling
- Tooth instability
In deciding whether the dental implant procedure is right for you, consider talking about these topics with your dentist:
- Your overall health
- Treatment preference (dentures, implant, bridge)
- Density of the jawbone where the implant is to go
- Location of the missing tooth/teeth
How does it work?
The dental implant procedure can take several months from start to finish, because multiple steps guarantee that your jawbone is ready for surgery. Here’s the chronology of the process:
- Removal of damaged tooth
- Preparation of your jawbone for surgery — might involve grafting bone from elsewhere in your body
- Metal root implant placed in your jawbone
- Monthslong healing period
- Placement of the abutment
- Molds of your teeth are made and final replacement tooth set.
The procedure itself is not lengthy, though just like any other surgical treatments, it requires that you give your body enough time to heal between each phase. Naturally, the healing process varies from person to person.
What are the side effects?
Sides effects of dental implants are unlikely, but they could include:
- Implant infection
- Damage to the surrounding area
- Nerve damage
- Sinus issues
The team at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics provides comprehensive care to make sure dental implants are the right choice for you. Call or go online today to find out more.