By Moy Dental
March 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants restore missing teeth from root to crown and offer a long-lasting restoration option. Your San Leandro, CA, dentist, Dr. Stephen Moy, can help you determine if you're a good candidate for implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure in San Leandro. The posts, called implants, bond to your jawbone and act as artificial roots for your new teeth.

Bonding takes about three to six months to complete, but it is an essential part of the implant process. After all, thanks to bonding, your new root becomes securely attached to your jawbone. Dental implants are topped with dental crowns, restorations that replace the visible parts of teeth. Combining implants with crowns creates a strong tooth that functions just like your natural teeth.

How can dental implants help me?

Dental implants offer several benefits including:

  • Improved Appearance: No matter how many teeth you've lost, changes to your appearance can be one of the most distressing aspects of tooth loss. Dental implants restore lost teeth, improving your smile and boosting your self-esteem.
  • Better Biting: Biting and chewing becomes much more challenging after you lose one or more teeth. Since dental implants are rooted in your jawbone, your biting power won't suffer, and you'll be able to eat your favorite foods once again.
  • An Alternative to Removable Dentures: Implants can also be used in conjunction with dentures. Implant-supported dentures offer excellent biting power and never slip or irritate your gums.
  • Less Costly Long-Term Option: Dental implants rarely need to be replaced, thus decreasing your lifetime costs when compared to other tooth restoration methods.
  • Stronger Jawbone: Loss of tooth roots mean decreased stimulation for your jawbone. As a result, the bone may weaken and shrink. If this happens, your teeth might begin to loosen, and the skin in the lower part of your face may sag. Dental implants provide continuous stimulation needed to keep your jawbone strong and healthy.

Interested? Give us a call

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist in San Leandro, CA, Dr. Moy, at (510) 351-4030 to schedule your appointment.