Dental Implants in Milpitas
Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The implants are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Our office works closely with the dental implant surgeon during the implant placement process to ensure a successful outcome with the dental implant restoration. Careful planning is required to enable the restored dental implant to replicate the tooth it is replacing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Margiotta or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear a temporary appliance and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final dental crown, bridgework, or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Margiotta restores the dental implant by taking an impression to send to a specialized laboratory on the East Coast. They make a custom-fitting attachment or post to connect to the implant. They also fabricate the final replacement tooth (a crown) that is attached to the custom post to complete the restoration of the dental implant at the same appointment. Dr. Margiotta can then start making your new teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.