Caring Implant Dentistry in Temecula
- Approximately 70 percent of adults aged 35 to 44 in the United States are missing at least one tooth.
- According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 30 million people in the United States have no teeth in one or both jaws.
- 25 percent of people over 74 years of age have no natural teeth.
Rediscover Your Smile with Dental Implants
It’s tough to smile when you know that crack or chip in your front tooth is visible. Broken, misshapen, or severely decayed teeth that are not candidates for root canal therapy may be candidates for replacement with dental implants. Dental implants offer alternative tooth replacement options beyond traditional bridges or dentures. Offering more than just cosmetic beauty, dental implants are often stronger than the natural teeth they replace. Dr. Michael Skidmore, DMD is the Temecula dentist to see if you have wondered if dental implants are right for you.
What to Expect from the Implant Process
Dental implants are root and tooth prosthetics designed to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dr. Skidmore, your Temecula dentist, will meet with you and then perform a thorough dental exam. X-rays and necessary scans are used to develop an action plan for effective tooth replacement. Healthy gums allow for faster healing, so any signs of gum disease should be treated before the implant procedure.
Teeth, jaw bones, and gums are evaluated to determine if there are root structures or teeth that need to be removed to clear space for the implant. Once the biocompatible titanium rod is strategically placed in the jaw bone, bone grows around it to fuse the rod in place. Depending on individual patient factors, temporary teeth may be needed during healing. A connector piece and permanent crown are added to complete the process. Complete healing times can be as little as three months or as long as eight to ten months.
Temecula Area Implant Options
Single tooth implants replace individual teeth. Single implants match the surrounding natural teeth in size and color.
Bridge implants replace two or more adjacent teeth without impacting the nearby natural teeth. These stand-alone bridges make brushing and flossing easier.
Implant supported dentures replace one or more whole arches. Unlike traditional dentures, which are prone to slippage and irritation, implant supported dentures stay in place. Rods are strategically placed to support the dentures, which can either snap on permanently or be removed.
Implants take time to heal, so be aware of your mouth and report any concerns to Dr. Skidmore. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss to prevent plaque build-up. Visit Dr. Skidmore, your Temecula dentist, to get your teeth and implants checked and professionally cleaned at least twice a year to help maintain your new smile.
Temecula residents are invited to stop by our office or contact us to learn more about dental implants, treatment duration, cost, and payment options.