If you're like the 178 million Americans missing at least one of your teeth, you’re probably looking for a natural-looking replacement. At Modern Day Dental in Santa Clara, California, Andrew Day, DDS, offers expert dental implant restoration to protect your smile and dental function. Call the practice today if you need a replacement tooth or teeth and want to learn more about dental implants.
Dental implant restoration is the process of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are replacement teeth that consist of a titanium post, a dental crown, and an abutment to connect them.
Dental implant restoration requires several steps. Dr. Day begins by examining your remaining teeth and jaw. He takes X-rays and bone density scans to ensure that your jaw is strong enough to support an implant.
If you have bone loss in your jaw, don’t give up on implants. Dr. Day can recommend a bone graft to strengthen your jaw before starting the rest of your implant restoration.
After he’s confident that your jaw is stable enough for an implant, Dr. Day starts the implantation process by surgically placing the post in your jaw. Implant posts are made of a titanium alloy, a uniquely biocompatible metal that integrates with your bone to create a solid base for the rest of your artificial tooth.
The bonding process, known as osseointegration, can take several weeks or even months. When the bonding is complete, your abutment is attached to the post. The staff then takes pictures and molds of the gap along with the neighboring teeth.
Technicians in a dental lab custom-make your crown, so it fits in with your natural teeth. Finally, when your crown is ready, it is attached to the rest of the implant. Dr. Day checks your bite and polishes the crown until it shines like a natural tooth.
In addition to looking and functioning just like natural teeth, implant restorations have another benefit. You simply brush and floss your implant along with your natural teeth.
Simply brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
Call Modern Day Dental today to discover if dental implant restoration is right for you.