Implant Dentistry in San Jose, CA

Implant Dentistry

When people lose a tooth, it isn’t just the cosmetic issue that is cause for concern. Patients are more likely to suffer from jawbone deterioration when a tooth is lost. This is because the root is no longer in place to anchor the bone. Without the tooth, the body no longer senses the need to maintain the bone in that area. As a result, the bone in the area will slowly begin to deteriorate. This is why people without teeth suffer from facial collapse or sunken cheeks.

At Richard D. Sellen, DDS, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that can replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations are implanted into the jawbone, acting as replacement tooth roots. They fuse with the live bone tissue in the jaw. This not only helps prevent further deterioration of the jaw. Once the dental implant has had time to heal and integrate with the jaw, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. An abutment acts as a connector between the implant and the restoration that sits on top. Once patients have healed from the initial procedure and have had a chance to adjust to the implant, they can use their bite as usual and eat normally.

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

You might be a good candidate for dental implants if you have good oral and overall health and can commit to excellent oral hygiene habits. Certain medical conditions and medications may disqualify you from a dental implant procedure. Your dentist can determine your eligibility for a dental implant after thoroughly evaluating your teeth and gums.

Before placing an implant, your dentist will review your medical history to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure. Patients must follow their dentist’s instructions to ensure a successful outcome for their dental implants. This includes regular brushing and flossing and maintaining routine appointments for cleanings, examinations, and other procedures.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root crafted from biocompatible materials that can fuse with the surrounding bone to create a stable foundation to support a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture. Unlike traditional removable dentures that rest on the gums and can cause irritation and even gum recession, a dental implant is permanent. In addition, the dental implant helps restore facial contours by preventing bone loss after a tooth is lost.

Dental implants offer patients several benefits over other forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges and partial and complete dentures. For instance, a dental implant does not require altering nearby healthy teeth to replace missing teeth. Additionally, because an implant replaces the lost natural tooth root and the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line, a dental implant restores the look of a natural tooth.

Contact Dr. Richard Sellen

If you’re searching for a permanent solution to your missing teeth, it might be time to consider getting a dental implant. Visit Richard D. Sellen, DDS, at 1600 Willow St #150, San Jose, CA 95125, or call (408) 264-3133 for personalized dental care.