If you have a gap in your smile due to a lost tooth, you are among the millions of Americans who are suffering from the same oral health issue. At his Lompoc practice, implant dentist David L. Carey, DDS, and his staff can evaluate your smile to determine if a dental implant may be the right choice for restoring your appearance and mouth function. If you already have a dental implant, Dr. Carey offers restorative dental services and can create a new, custom crown if your existing crown has become worn or isn’t as bright white as you’d like.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial whole-teeth that are meant to replace a lost tooth. As a first step, an oral surgeon will place the titanium tooth root into your jawbone. During the healing process, the implant will integrate with bone, making it secure and nurturing bone stability. At this time, a permanent crown can be placed over the implant to create a seamless smile. In addition to replacing one missing tooth, a series of dental implants can be used to replace several teeth or to permanently anchor dentures.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Dr. Carey uses digital X-ray imaging, as well as an in-person dental evaluation to aid in determining if a patient is the right candidate for a dental implant from his Lompoc dental office. While dental implants have a high success rate, choosing the right patient is important to successful implantation. You may be a good candidate for a dental implant if you have healthy gums and are not experiencing loss of bone in your jaw.
For some patients, additional procedures may be required before an implant can be installed. Depending on your unique oral health situation, these procedures can include:
• Bone graft
• Sinus lift
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a sturdy, permanent alternative to other tooth replacement interventions such as a removable dentures or fixed bridges. Unlike a dental bridge, a dental implant does not require making alterations to nearby teeth. The stability of a dental implant means a patient does not have to feel self-conscious that a removable replacement tooth will slip out of place while speaking or eating. Getting a dental implant can make a significant positive impact on both your oral health and your self-esteem.
Tooth loss does not simply mean your tooth is gone. Over time, without the presence of your natural tooth root, bone in your jaw will begin to deplete and your existing teeth will begin to shift to take up the extra space in your smile line. By getting a dental implant, you can avoid these complicated oral health issues and restore your natural biting power. Dr. Carey is a Lompoc dental implant dentist who is happy to provide his patients with the tooth replacement they need to maintain excellent oral health.
How Can Dr. Carey Help With a Dental Implant?
At his Lompoc cosmetic dental office, Dr. Carey works with an oral surgeon and a periodontist to help determine the best placement for a dental implant. Dr. Carey can specially craft your dental crown to blend beautifully with your smile. While crowns can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, they may need to be restored occasionally, depending on normal wear and tear and other cosmetic concerns. If you desire to whiten your natural teeth, Dr. Carey can create a new crown for you to match your stain-free smile. Through an evaluation at his Carey Dental Care office, he can work with you to determine the best approach for crown restoration.
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