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About Dental Implants

Dental implants are widely considered the best replacements for natural teeth. Whether you have severe dental problems, missing teeth, or you’re wearing dentures, our dental implants in Corona, CA can restore the optimal appearance, functionality, and sensation of your teeth.

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a screw-like titanium post that’s surgically inserted into the jawbone underneath the empty socket of a missing tooth. Over time, the bone tissues heal around the implant via a process called osseointegration, thereby making the implant a firmly rooted part of the dental anatomy. Once a dental implant is in place, it serves as a permanent and lifelong replacement for the missing tooth’s underlying root structure.

It’s often said that dental implants replace the missing teeth completely. However, it’s more accurate to say that dental implants replace the root structure, providing a firm base for the prosthetic, i.e., the visible part of the tooth. Once the jawbone has healed completely, the dentist can attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implant. The implant-supported teeth, in turn, look and function like natural teeth.

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The Dental Implant Procedure

There’s a common misconception that dental implants are complicated, risky, or painful. If the procedure is performed skillfully by a reputable dentist, the dental implant and the procedure are painless, simple, and completely free from complications or harsh side effects. Dental implant surgery can also be performed at the dentist’s office under local anesthesia, involving minimal post-treatment recovery.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

Prior to receiving dental implants in Corona the dental surgeon discusses your goals, reviews your health history, performs various imaging tests, and determines if you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants. He also recommends the ideal dental implant method for you, such as single implants, multiple implants, or all-on-4 implants.

Step 2: Implant Surgery

The dental surgeon delivers local anesthesia and sedation to ensure physical and mental comfort. He prepares the osteotomy, i.e., the implant bed, and screws the titanium post into the jawbone underneath the socket. The socket is closed for around 12 weeks, giving your jawbone enough time to heal around the implant.

Step 3: Prosthetic Placement

Once your jawbone has healed around the implant, the dentist calls you for the final stage. He provides custom-made dental crowns, bridges, or dentures for your implants, depending on the number of implants and the chosen restoration options. The natural-looking prosthetic teeth are attached to the implant.

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Candidates for Dental Implants

Dental implants are meant for patients with missing teeth. It doesn’t matter if you’re missing one, multiple, or all your teeth, you can get dental implants for your specific needs. The only requirement is that you should have strong jawbone density at the implant site — the implant needs sufficient jawbone structure for optimal adherence.

Jawbone recession usually occurs if significant time has elapsed after the loss of your teeth, but there’s no need to despair. Dr. Huston performs a painless bone grafting procedure to encourage bone regeneration. With this procedure, we can help your receded jawbones grow again, making you a suitable candidate for dental implants.

Generally speaking, you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants if you’re healthy enough for routine dental surgeries and tooth extraction. Patients with uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes, heavy smokers, and those who have undergone radiation therapy will be evaluated on an individual basis for their candidacy.

Patient with dental implants in Corona

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • A natural feeling, appearance, and functionality.
  • Improve your ability to eat and speak comfortably.
  • No risk of the prosthetics coming off or sliding out of place.
  • You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want.
  • Maintenance is no different from natural teeth.
  • Improve your overall dental health.
  • Dental implants replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or all teeth.
  • The permanent solution to missing teeth.

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2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is committed to giving you a second chance with flawless teeth using the latest dental implant techniques and solutions. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your options for dental implants in Corona with our board-certified dentist.

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