Dental implants to replace missing teeth in Walnut Creek, CA
Tooth loss can affect so much more than just the way your teeth look. It can affect your overall oral health, your facial appearance, and perhaps most importantly, your self-confidence. Dr. Troy Schmedding at Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek offers patients in the Walnut Creek, CA area several tooth replacement options, including dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Often called the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, dental implants are a tooth replacement option that has multiple benefits for patients who have lost one or more teeth. The implant itself is a small piece of titanium that looks like a screw, which is surgically placed into your jawbone. As it heals, it fuses together with your bone in a process called osseointegration to provide an incredibly sturdy, long-lasting foundation for your new replacement tooth. After that process is complete, a small connecting piece called an abutment is placed on your dental implant, and as the final step, a natural-looking false tooth (typically a dental crown) is placed on the abutment. While the process takes several months, patients find it is worth the wait for multiple reasons:
- They are the sturdiest tooth replacement option because they most closely mimic your natural tooth structure
- Because they are fused with your jawbone, they place enough force on it to prevent the degradation of bone that can occur with tooth loss
- Filling in the gaps left by missing teeth prevents your other teeth from shifting and takes years off your appearance by filling in “hollows” in your cheeks
- With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, implants can last a lifetime
Another option, called mini implants, may be appropriate for some patients. This smaller type of implant takes less time and is less invasive—in fact, it can be done in one visit and does not require sutures. However, mini implants are not as supportive as traditional implants, so Dr. Schmedding can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you and help you determine which is best for your specific oral health needs and treatment preferences.
Call us to learn more
If you are looking for a dentist who will discuss your missing teeth replacement options and give you the best advice for your individual oral health needs, call Dr. Troy Schmedding at Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek today! Our office can be reached at (925) 956-4266