A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of a lost tooth. At AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD, the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, and as gum tissue heals around it, it forms a secure foundation for the replacement tooth. Once the implant is in place, the dentist can attach an abutment to connect the implant to a replacement tooth, or they can leave the abutment off and allow the connection to heal naturally for several weeks. During the healing period, the gums and bone will fuse to the implant and the restoration. An implant is the most natural-looking option to replace missing teeth. It is also the only treatment method that stimulates bone growth in the jaw to prevent bone loss.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients missing one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or gum disease may be candidates for dental implants. The only way to know if you can benefit from implants is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During your consultation, our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and jawbone and make a recommendation based on your case.
To ensure the success of your dental implant procedure, patients should be in good general and oral health before treatment. Patients with any of the following conditions may not be good candidates for dental implant surgery:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes or other metabolic disorders
- History of smoking
- Bone loss in the jaw due to previous extractions
How Long Does It Take To Recover After Dental Implants?
As soon as you get the dental implant, you may need to make a few temporary changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine to ensure the procedure's success. For example, you may need to eat soft foods and avoid hard candies or other foods that can irritate the surgical site in the mouth. Following a regimen of antibiotics or other medications may also be necessary.
Once you’ve entirely recovered from the surgery and have healed your gums around the newly placed implant post, you can return to your regular eating habits. However, avoiding hard foods that may damage the implant posts will be essential in the weeks following the procedure.
During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you can expect during recovery and how to ensure a successful recovery. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your decision to get dental implants from our office, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about the process of getting implants. To learn more about dental implants, contact AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD, at 6541 Crown Boulevard Suite G San Jose, CA 95120 or call (408) 268-4161.