Dental Implant Dentist in Santa Clara, CA
For a patient who is missing one or more teeth, Dr. Alan L. Frame may suggest dental implants in Santa Clara, California. Dental implants can restore the ability to eat and chew properly, as well as increasing the aesthetic appeal of your smile. We invite you to contact our office at 408-244-3562 today for more information and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants are one of the most complete restoration options, as they replace the missing tooth roots as well as the more visible tooth crown. In order to do so, dental implants are placed in two parts. The first part, known as the implant post, is a small, titanium screw that is inserted into your jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Our dentist may use laser dentistry to make this placement procedure more efficient. The implant post is made from a biocompatible material in order to encourage osseointegration, a process in which the post integrates with the natural surrounding bone. The provides a stable foundation for the prosthetic tooth or teeth that will be attached to it later in the process, and it also helps our patients maintain long-term health by halting bone deterioration that occurs at the site of a missing tooth when it is not replaced.
After the initial dental implant placement, our team will allow for a period of healing and integration, after which we will attach an abutment and restoration to finish or “cap” the implant post. Depending on your specific needs and the number of teeth that need to be replaced, this restoration could be a single dental crown, a dental bridge or a full or partial implant-supported denture. The type and style of your restoration will be discussed with you in detail during your one-on-one implant consultation before beginning treatment. Using a digital impression of your smile obtained during your consultation, and the information gathered during that meeting, our team will create a dental restoration that is custom designed to fit your smile comfortably, naturally and beautifully. While your restoration may need to be repaired or replaced after years of consistent use, your implant itself can last you for the rest of your life when cared for properly.
To learn more about dental implants and how our team can use them to improve your smile, call or visit our office today and schedule your own restorative consultation with our Santa Clara dentist. We hope to see you soon!