Solutions for Losing Teeth
Tooth loss can be especially discouraging. Lost teeth make it harder to eat, speak, and smile, but people often depend on their smile to be seen as friendly and professional. Losing teeth forces you to deal with all of the functional drawbacks of missing teeth and can be a lasting blow to your self-esteem.
Luckily, there’s a replacement option available in the form of natural-looking, functional restorations. Here at our San Luis Obispo office, Dr. Ramirez and her team can offer you dental implants, stunning replacements that can help restore your smile and your confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are orthodontic appliances that look and act like real teeth. They’re anchored to your jawbone with a titanium post that serves as a replacement for the missing tooth’s root. Implants can come in the form of singular crowns, implant supported dentures, or bridges.
Benefits of Dental Implants
People who have experienced tooth loss appreciate the advantages of dental implants over removable restorations. Certain features of dental implants make them the gold standard in restorative dentistry, including:
- Superior durability
- Support for jawbone density
- Resistance to tooth decay & discoloration
- Natural feel and appearance
- Permanent restorations that can last a lifetime
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are installed over multiple visits to our office in San Luis Obispo, CA. Here’s what to expect:
- You’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Ramirez, who will examine your mouth to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Underlying oral health issues may need to be treated before you undergo surgery.
- Once Dr. Ramirez has decided that dental implants are right for you and any necessary supplemental procedures are completed, you’ll be scheduled for implant placement surgery.
- Before implant placement, we’ll apply a safe and reliable anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
- Once we’ve ensured you’re comfortable and the anesthetic is working, Dr. Ramirez will make incisions into your jawbone. The titanium posts that act as the foundation of the implants will be placed inside these incisions.
- The incisions will be sewn shut and you’ll return once osseointegration has taken place. Osseointegration occurs when your jawbone naturally fuses to the implants, keeping them stable and secure. This usually takes about three to six months.
- Once you’ve fully recovered, you’ll return to our San Obispo office one last time. Your new restorations will be attached to the implants and you’ll leave our office with a stunning new smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Wait until after your anesthetic has worn off before you start eating again. Otherwise, you risk biting down too hard and damaging your cheeks, lips, tongue, or your new implants.
Some foods that are usually safe to eat after dental implant surgery include:
Avoid foods that are crunchy, chewy, or hard and drinks that are sugary, alcoholic, or hot. These items can damage your implant, disrupt your healing process, and cause increased sensitivity if reintroduced too soon.
With proper use of anesthetic, placement of your dental implants won’t hurt. However, it’s common to feel lingering pain and discomfort up to ten days after surgery.
This pain can be easily managed with the use of over the counter medication. If you experience pain lasting longer than ten days, call us immediately and we’ll do our best to solve any issues.
Dental implants present many advantages over removable orthodontic appliances. You can make them last anywhere from 20 years to a lifetime, simply by practicing at-home oral hygiene and attending regular dental visits with Dr. Ramirez.
We believe these advantages make dental implants worth the extra expense. Talk to us about financing options and how we can help make dental implants affordable for you.
Call Us for A Stunning, Professional Smile!
If you’ve experienced the loss of one or more teeth, you don’t have to live with functional and social drawbacks anymore. Call us at (805) 549-8483 to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and self-confidence.