A great smile can transform the way you see the world and yourself. Willow Glen Dentistry creates dental implants for patients of all ages. Located in San Jose, California, Willow Glen Dentistry’s knowledgeable team can replace missing or severely damaged teeth so you can look and feel your best again. To learn more, book an appointment online or call for a consultation.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants, for many patients, are the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your teeth as a result of a traumatic injury, decay, or an illness, it can hurt your self-esteem. Dental implants help you bite, chew, and smile with confidence. They’re sturdy, stable teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
A dental implant is a metal post that a dentist implants into your jawbone beneath your gums. A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root. After the post is implanted and your mouth has healed, your dentist will attach the new replacement tooth, or crown, to the metal post permanently. The implants fuse to your jawbone, which makes them incredibly steady and secure.
These posts also help other dental work, like bridges and dentures, stay solidly fastened to your jaw.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
On top of functioning, feeling, and looking like your natural teeth, dental implants provide the following benefits:
- Are permanent and can last a lifetime
- Offer a cost-effective solution for replacing a missing tooth
- Help maintain your natural face shape and restore your smile
- Protect your healthy jawbone
- Help keep your surrounding natural teeth healthy
- Help you talk casually and without worry
- Don’t fall out or move around in your mouth
- Are durable and strong for eating your favorite foods
- Aren’t vulnerable to cavities with an implanted crown
- Deliver reliable, state-of-the-art results for tooth replacement
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you’re missing teeth, you may be an excellent dental implant candidate. Your jaw needs to be finished growing and your gums must be healthy. Dental implants are an excellent solution for adults, not children.
You could also be a great implant candidate if you’re tired of having dentures that won’t stay in place, or if you’re ready to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Patients wanting a permanent, lifelong solution to ongoing dental work may be exceptional dental implant candidates. Get all your questions about dental implants answered during a consultation with your dentist. Implant treatment might be right for you.