Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Saratoga, CA
With today’s advancement in dentistry, you have options for replacing your missing teeth! Dental implants are ideal for replacing a single tooth and will leave you with a look and feel that is as natural as your other teeth. With a dental implant, you can love your smile again. Replacing a missing tooth is important in maintaining an even bite and helps improve the appearance of your smile.
If left untreated, missing teeth can lead issues such as:
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Pain and discomfort while chewing and biting
- Headaches or migraines
- Teeth drifting to narrow the space of the missing tooth
- Unpleasing aesthetic appearance
- Loss of jaw bone (at the site of the missing tooth)
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant essentially takes the place of your missing tooth, complete with an artificial root, and a porcelain crown that looks like your natural teeth. For patients with a healthy jawbone, the dental implant is permanently placed into the bone in the place of the missing tooth. The dental implant itself is a post made of titanium.
After placement of the post, your jawbone needs time to heal. This process ensures the implant is stable enough for the dental crown. At the top of the implant is an abutment that is like a connector piece, known as the abutment, between the implant and the dental crown. Once the implant is ready, a lab created dental crown is attached to the abutment.
The result of a dental implant is outstanding! The implant will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Your new implant should last a lifetime.
To schedule a consultation for a dental implant, contact Dr. Lippi’s office today. We welcome patients from Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Saratoga, California.