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If you have lost one or more permanent teeth, a dentist may recommend a dental implant. A dental implant is a post made of a material such as titanium. This post is surgically placed in the jawbone. The post is only a part of the full replacement of the missing tooth or teeth. You will also need what is called an implant abutment, which connects the final restoration, the implant crown, to the implant itself. The procedure is slightly different when considering implant retained dentures or partials.

Before you choose a dental implant for your smile, you may wish to ask a few questions, like the ones below. We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have to put your concerns at ease.

How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, dental implants can be a permanent solution. This is because the dental implant post is designed to fuse with the jawbone after it is placed.

Are dental implants comfortable?
Dental implants are designed to become a part of your jawbone, so they are very comfortable. They do not have to be removed and cleaned at night. They are cleaned right along with your natural teeth. In addition, you don’t need to worry about your dental implants sliding in your mouth because they are a part of your jawbone just like your natural teeth.

How do dental implants affect my oral health?
Dental implants can preserve the health of your jawbone because the implant posts stimulate the bone to keep its natural structure and level. It essentially acts like your natural teeth overall. When there is no tooth or implant, bone loss inevitably occurs, and the overall appearance of your face can be affected. A preserved jawbone contributes to your overall oral health and to the appearance of your smile.

How do I take care of dental implants?
Unlike some dental restorations, dental implants don’t need to be removed at night for cleaning. Simply brush and floss your dental implants along with your other teeth. In addition, make sure that you visit RiverLake Family Dental for your routine dental cleanings and exams.

We welcome you to contact our office today at 916-422-1823 to learn more about dental implants in Sacramento, CA, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Garland today.