In the past, if you lost a tooth to severe tooth decay, tooth extraction, or an oral injury, your best option for restoring it was to have a dental bridge installed. Today, dental implant technology allows an oral surgeon to implant a titanium dental implant into your jaw. This creates an abutment that will later serve as an anchor for a dental crown.
During the implant treatment, our Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team will examine the empty space, surrounding teeth and jaw structure. This is possible by taking a few X-rays. This will allow your dentist to assess the overall health of your mouth and determine how much jaw structure you have available. If past issues with chronic gum disease, tooth decay or tooth extractions have caused the loss of bone structure, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore sufficient jaw structure to mount an implant.
A dental implant treatment in Diamond Bar, California, is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort, so you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
During your appointment, the oral surgeon will make small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. A narrow channel is then made in the bone and a special titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Later, your dentist, Dr. Sanjay Merchant, will install a crown on top of the titanium abutment.
If you have questions about dental implants in Diamond Bar, California, you should call Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 909-860-0321 to schedule an appointment.