If you’re missing a tooth or set of teeth, you probably wish there was a way to turn back the clock and restore your smile. At Harbor Dental in Pittsburg, California, Maneeza Kulaly, DMD, can replace your missing teeth in a way that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth. To see if dental implants are a good option for you, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Dental implants are replacement teeth. But unlike dentures, which you have to remove regularly, or bridges, which have to be replaced every decade or so, dental implants are a long-lasting solution.
They’re durable because Dr. Kulaly affixes your implants in your mouth so that they work just like your natural teeth.
When you choose dental implants, Dr. Kulaly surgically implants a metal post into your jawbone. This implant serves as the root for your replacement tooth.
Once your jaw has healed, and the post has properly integrated into your jawbone, the replacement tooth mounted on it looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
You won’t need to worry about your new tooth shifting in your mouth or needing to be replaced in a decade. With proper oral care, your dental implant should last your lifetime.
Absolutely. In fact, you don’t necessarily need one implant per replacement tooth. If you’re missing a row of consecutive teeth, Dr. Kulaly will most likely be able to mount them on just two strategically placed posts, minimizing the procedure needed to restore your smile.
Dr. Kulaly is extremely experienced in performing the oral surgery required to place your dental implants. During this procedure, you can relax as Dr. Kulaly uses either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
You leave the appointment with your posts in place, but you’ll still have a gap in your smile. That’s because Dr. Kulaly doesn’t mount your replacement teeth on your dental implants until your jawbone has had the opportunity to heal and integrate the implanted posts fully. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks.
If you want a way to fill out your smile temporarily as you wait for your jaw to heal, ask Dr. Kulaly about temporary dentures.
Once your implants have integrated into your jawbone, it’s time to mount your replacement teeth on them. Dr. Kulaly customizes these teeth to match your smile perfectly.
It’s important to note that a successful dental implant requires you to have a strong, healthy jawbone.
If you’re interested in this kind of long-lasting tooth replacement procedure, talk to Dr. Kulaly. She can assess the health of your jawbone and let you know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Ready to get started? Make your dental implant consultation appointment by calling Harbor Dental or scheduling it online.