Are dental implants a temporary tooth replacement option for San Francisco, CA patients?
You lost a tooth. Now what? Many San Francisco, California area patients who are faced with tooth loss are unsure of how they should proceed. There are several tooth replacement options available today, including temporary and permanent. A popular option is the dental implant, which can replace one or more teeth, depending on how it is used. But are dental implants a temporary replacement option or a permanent option? Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh can explain!
What are dental implants?
First, understanding a dental implant is the first step in deciding if it is the most appropriate treatment for you. An implant is a titanium post that acts as a tooth root replacement. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh place the implant during oral surgery directly into the bone of the jaw. Preparations to do so include x-rays to ensure the patient has sufficient bone for successful placement. When a dental implant is placed in the jawbone, it stimulates the body’s natural production of bone through osseointegration. The bone wraps around the implant to keep it firmly in place, allowing it to function as a natural tooth once did. The abutment over the implant is then restored based on the needs of the patient.
Are dental implants temporary?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. This is because they become a part of the body after the bone grows around them during osseointegration. Patients love dental implants because of their longevity, which makes them a smart investment for many adults. However, if patients are interested in a short-term option, considerations such as partial dentures may be recommended.
Why do patients love dental implants?
Dental implants have many advantages. They:
- Maintain bone of the jaw
- Function as natural teeth once did
- Look natural
- Are versatile and can be used to replace one or more teeth
- Can last many decades with proper care
Are you interested in permanent tooth replacement?
Dental implants are the solution of choice for many of our patients. If you live in or around San Francisco, CA and want to work with an experienced team of providers to have dental implants placed, call Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292.