La Jolla Implant Dentistry
John & Tracy Taddey, D.D.S.
One of our patients who needed a crown over an implant and a crown over a repaired tooth which was previously decayed.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist, Oral Surgeon, or Periodontist - surgical specialists of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. An Abutment is then added and will hold the artificial tooth in place. Often the implant, abutment and temporary tooth are all placed at the initial treatment. This is called immediate loading of the implant.
After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.