Next best thing to a natural tooth…

At the office of Philip Openshaw DDS in Modesto, we love doing dental implants! They really are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental implants are an ultimate replacement for a missing tooth and are designed to last a lifetime. Implants actually replace the root of a tooth and are secured in the jawbone. The securing screw is usually made of titanium because of its innate property to fuse with bone in a process called osseointegration.

Philip Openshaw DDS in Modesto saves teeth efficiently. If the tooth that needs saving has fallen out already, you’ll be left with a gap between teeth which is much worse than a damaged tooth. Teeth are meant to last. This long-lasting and distinctive feature of a mammal has been discovered more everlasting than its owner. Fossils can vouch for it. A tooth is commonly damaged by the acids created by the bacteria in the mouth. Tooth decay is quite inevitable for people with poor oral hygiene. Other causes of tooth loss could be gum disease, injury and ageing.

Endosteal is the most commonly used type of implant where its procedure includes screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. A subperiosteal implant is for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height. This implant is placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s post protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. Since implant requires surgical incision, Dr. Openshaw may impose varied healing times which usually take 2 to 6 months. This duration will allow the implant to heal and osseointegrate before placing a restoration on it. However we have been doing immediate load implants in which the patient leaves the office with their new tooth.

Anyone who wants to give dental implants a go must have a good general and oral health. People who have previously braved and undergone a dental extraction or surgery can also consider dental implants if needed. On the other hand, sufferers of diabetes or heart disease, smokers and patients undergoing head/neck radiation therapy must consult their dentists.

A dental implant is quite pricey and the healing time may get people reluctant to pursue the procedure but the benefits and advantages in having a good set of natural-looking teeth are sure worth every penny. Dental implants improve appearances not just because of how natural they look but also how real they feel. They also improve speech without the potential embarrassment of flashing a missing tooth or slipping removable dentures. It is a lot easier to eat with dental implants and more comfortable. A full beautiful smile demonstrates self-esteem. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. Dental implants also improves long-term oral health and are designed to last a lifetime. An implant is indeed the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Although implant crowns are removable and replaceable if damaged, implant requires the same maintenance like real tooth does. A good oral care routine must include brushing and flossing. Regular visit to your dentist will be of great help in keeping implants in good condition, to monitor the stability of osseointegration and the normal function of the crowns, bridgework or dentures. Feel free to call our office for a complimentary consultation to see if Dental Implants are right for you. (209) 524-4763

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