Tooth loss can result in shrinkage of gums and jawbones that can lead to pain from ill-fitting dentures, decreased chewing function, and subtle malnutrition. It can also be a source of emotional or psychological distress. Dr. Díaz can provide a unique solution to the problem of toothlessness with dental implants. Dental implants are the next best thing to having your own teeth. The benefits of dental implants include an increased chewing capacity, improved speech and appearance. Implants can be the solution when it has become difficult or impossible to wear a removable dentures.
No matter what your age, if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you. With years of university-based research and clinical use, dental implants are now a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing alternative to missing teeth.
Dental implants are devices placed in your jawbone that are substitutes for the root portion of lost natural teeth. The implants provide a stable foundation which allows you to bite, chew and smile with the same confidence you had with your natural teeth. Individuals with adequate bone level and density who are not prone to infection and can maintain stringent oral hygiene are good candidates for implants.
The placement of dental implants is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia and IV sedation. The procedure is generally a two step procedure. The first step is where the implant is placed in the jaw bone where it remains for three to six months to allow for bone to grow up to the implant. This process is called "osseointegration," and has to occur if the implant is to work appropriately. The second procedure is where a metal attachment is placed to the implant onto which the final restoration is fabricated to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants have helped thousands of people regain their self-confidence and live fuller, more active lives. Dr. Díaz has had the experience of placing hundreds of dental implants in satisfied patients with excellent long-term results. Let us at AACOMS help you obtain a shine in your smile for a lifetime!