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If you have lost one or more teeth due to severe decay, a dental accident, or another issue, our dentist in Sacramento, California, may recommend dental implants. A dental implant is typically made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that is generally accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy replacement of your natural tooth. A dental crown, typically ceramic porcelain, and an abutment (used to facilitate the joining of the crown and implant) are used to complete the entire procedure and help restore your natural smile.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. The dental implant post is designed to become a part of your smile as the jaw heals. Your natural bone actually attaches itself and locks into the implant during this healing phase. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about your dental implant becoming loose. A dental implant can restore your ability to speak and eat properly. Dental implants can also restore or enhance the beauty of your smile, thus giving you a boost in self-esteem.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people are candidates for dental implants, but there are a few exceptions. If you have a chronic illness like leukemia or diabetes, your body’s ability to heal may be inhibited. Because of this, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. Those who smoke or use tobacco products may be counseled to quit before a dental implant is placed. If you do not have sufficient jawbone structure, dental implants may also not be for you. However, we may refer you to a specialist to have a bone graft placed so that a dental implant can then be placed.

We invite you to contact RiverLake Family Dental at 916-422-1823 today for more information about dental implants and to set up your next visit with Dr. Garland.