A missing tooth can negatively affect your self-esteem. Instead of hiding your smile behind your hand, let Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, restore it with a dental implant. She performs dental implant surgery on an outpatient basis at her North Orange County, California, practice. Call or use the REQUEST APPOINTMENT link below to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants.
Dental Implants Q & A
What’s a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth and consists of three components::
- Post: A titanium, prosthetic device that replaces the root structure.
- Abutment: A connector placed on the post to support the crown.
- Crown: The artificial tooth attached to the abutment.
How does the implant process work?
Most dental implants require several trips to the dentist with many months of healing in between. The implant process consists of preparation, surgery, recovery, and crown placement.
During the preparation phase, Dr. Alexandroni conducts a comprehensive examination and takes X-rays to assess your dental health. She records your medical history, including your health conditions and any medications you take. Next, she prepares a customized treatment plan by taking your particular considerations into account.
Dental implants require outpatient surgery. Dr. Alexandroni discusses your anesthesia options beforehand and uses either local or general anesthesia to help you tolerate this procedure.
While you rest, she makes an incision in your gum, prepares the bone for the implant, and screws the metal post into your jawbone. After you’re anesthetized for maximum comfort, Dr. Alexandroni makes an incision in your gum, prepares the bone for the post, and places it in your jawbone. Stitching the incision closed, and preparing you for recovery are the final steps.
Over the next several weeks or months, your jawbone fuses to the post to create a stable foundation for your implant.
After the jawbone heals around the post, Dr. Alexandroni attaches the abutment to the implant and takes impressions to design your crown. After the crown is created, she attaches it to the abutment to complete your reconstruction.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the best substitute for your natural teeth, allowing for optimal chewing and speaking function. Implants also restore the appearance of your smile, so no one can guess your tooth isn’t real.
Implants prevent bone disintegration and maintain your jawbone’s health just like a natural tooth. Without a tooth, your jawbone breaks down over time.
Dental implants are a permanent solution. Unlike other restorative options that eventually require adjustments and replacement, dental implants should last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants,contact Emanuela Alexandroni’s office online or over the phone.