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Dental Implants  

Healthy Smile Dental

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Turlock, CA

Having damaged or missing teeth can cause problems with your chewing and speaking abilities as well as your self-esteem. At Healthy Smile Dental in Turlock, California, general and cosmetic dentist Harpreet Brar, DDS, offers dental implants to replace your missing teeth without affecting your diet, your routine, or the way you look. Book your consultation for dental implants at Healthy Smile Dental today by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that go into your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The bone in your jaw grows around the implant to create a sturdy foundation for a brand new, custom-made dental abutment and crown that the team at Healthy Smile Dental designs for your smile.

Soon after you lose one or more teeth, the team evaluates your smile and helps you decide if a dental implant is the best solution. They recommend one of these implant types based on your needs:

Single-tooth implant

A single tooth implant supports just one crown to replace a missing tooth.

Implant-supported bridges

If you have a section of missing teeth, the Healthy Smile Dental team places one or more implants to hold in a series of crowns to replace them.

Implant-supported dentures

If you’re missing the entire upper or lower row of teeth, the team can place several implants to secure a set of dentures.

What is the dental implant placement process?

Getting dental implants requires several appointments, but many agree that the time spent in the dentist’s chair is well worth the benefits of having a permanent dental implant that doesn’t restrict your routine.

First, the team at Healthy Smile Dental inspects the gap in your teeth and may take digital images or X-rays for a better view. They also evaluate the density of your jawbone to make sure it’s strong enough to hold an implant.

On the day of your surgery, the team gives you local anesthesia and removes any remaining parts of the tooth that the implant will replace. They make incisions in your gum tissue to access the jawbone, then place the implant into the jawbone. Finally, they stitch your gums closed to initiate healing.

After several months of healing, the team reopens the incisions in your gums and places an attachment piece called an abutment onto the implant. Then, they take impressions to use while making your custom crown, which is attached to the abutment at your final appointment.

Why might I need a dental implant?

Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth because they’re secure and require little extra maintenance. There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth and consider an implant, including:

  • Advanced gum disease
  • Long-term teeth grinding
  • A traumatic oral injury
  • Tooth decay
  • Smoking
  • Natural aging

No matter why you lost a tooth, the team at Healthy Smile Dental helps you find the best possible solution for your oral health.

Call Healthy Smile Dental or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a candidate for teeth replacement with dental implants.