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The Dental Implant Process: What’s Involved?

Dental Implants GlendaleIf you’re a Glendale resident considering getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, or permanent teeth you’ve been told need to be removed, you may be wondering what is involved in the process. After all, oral surgery can be a scary event for anyone, especially those who have never had any sort of bodily surgery before. Every year in our Glendale office, the doctors of Lytle, Tate & Stamper perform several oral surgeries to insert dental implants, and we’re here to explain the process to you.

Evaluating Your Unique Case

Every patient who comes to our Glendale office is unique, and at Lytle, Tate & Stamper, we treat them as such. If you’re considering dental implants, we evaluate your oral health and your mouth, to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Sometimes, we find that our Glendale patients are good candidates for permanent tooth replacement options, but first they need additional oral surgeries to make the dental implants surgeries successful, such as a bone graft to grow more jawbone tissue so that the dental implants will fuse, or a sinus lift so that dental implants placed in the upper jawbone won’t hit the sinuses.

Inserting the Dental Implant

A dental implant is made of a strong titanium screw, which is inserted into your jawbone. As your dental implants heal, your jawbone tissue fuses with this insert, making it a permanent part of your mouth. This titanium screw functions as your artificial tooth root, and not only holds your tooth crown in place, but also stimulates your jawbone so that you don’t experience jawbone loss as a result of having missing natural teeth.

Adding the Zirconia Dental Crown

The titanium screw portion of a dental implant is just that – a screw. It’s the zirconia dental crown – which is strong and realistic looking – that make dental implants such an aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option. This crown is screwed onto your dental implants, so it is tight and secure. In fact, when you have dental implants, you can enjoy your favorite crunchy and chewy foods without needing to worry about your artificial teeth, slipping, sliding, breaking or cracking. Dental implants are that strong!

Providing a Permanent Solution for Tooth Replacement

Perhaps the number one reason that dental implants are so popular in our office is that they are the most permanent tooth replacement system on the market. With a 90% success rate, dental implants are a great way to ensure that your smile will stay beautiful for a lifetime. And, unlike bridges, which require adjacent teeth to be shaved down to fit supporting crowns, dental implants don’t affect your other existing teeth. Additionally, dental implants differ from dentures because they stay in forever, versus needing to be taken out of your mouth every night.

Scheduling a Dental Implants Consultation

If you’re a Glendale area resident with missing teeth, or teeth you think need to be extracted due to persistent pain or infection, the best thing you can do is call (818) 240-1805 for a dental implants evaluation. During this appointment, your doctor from Lytle, Tate & Stamper will perform a full evaluation to come up with a personalized treatment plan, just for you. Don’t delay. Call us today!