“What is a tooth implant?” and other common questions answered by San Francisco dentist

what is a tooth implant

In recent years, dental implants have gained popularity as an option for replacing a missing tooth, or teeth. While they are becoming a more common option, many patients still have plenty of questions. Here, San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano answers many of the common questions:

What, exactly, are tooth implants? Simply stated, a dental implant is a replacement tooth root. A small metal rod is inserted through the gum into the jawbone. Once inserted the jawbone will fuse to the metal rod, making it strong and sturdy.

What about the tooth? A crown, or a replacement tooth, is created and will be attached to the post. The tooth is custom created to be an exact match, in shade and shape, as your natural teeth. Once completed, no one will ever need to know that the tooth is a replacement and not an original tooth.

How long does the process take? Because the process includes time for the jawbone to heal, it does take months for the process to be completed.

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Is the implant permanent? For most patients, with good care and health the dental implant is considered permanent. Because it fuses with the bone and becomes part of the mouth, it is stable and secure. This makes it a long-term solution. Further, many patients find the ultimate benefit of the implant in that it is not removable. Unlike dentures that snap in and out, the implant is a constant piece in the patient’s mouth.

Are implants expensive? While dental implants are an investment, many patients find that it’s a valuable one because of the long-term lifespan and durability that implants provide. Once the bone grows around the implant and the tooth is attached, it is a stable as an original tooth. This gives patients the ability to eat their favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile brightly.

For more information about dental implants, patients are encouraged to call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano, General & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Arellano will meet with you to determine if you’re a viable candidate for implants and set you on your way for a beautiful and fully functioning smile.

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