Dental Implants

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced methods for replacing missing teeth. If you need to fill in empty space in your smile, schedule a dental implant consultation with Bay Dental Group today. You can book your visit by calling their state-of-the-art facilities in San Jose, California, or make with the easy-to-use online tool.

Dental Implants Q & A

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace your missing teeth. They’re small posts that your dentist surgically implants in your jawbone, and they’re made from biocompatible materials, like ceramic or titanium.

Your body doesn’t realize that they’re not a part of your body, so your jawbone fuses with the implants as you heal from the surgery. This process is called osseointegration, and it makes your dental implants a very strong foundation for holding a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. The combination of a dental implant and a restoration provides a tooth replacement solution that is structurally and functionally identical to your natural tooth.

How do dental implants improve my smile?

Dental implants improve your smile and oral health in a number of ways, like:

  • Improving your ability to eat and speak
  • Keeping the rest of your teeth in alignment
  • Enhancing your appearance

Dental implants also have some significant advantages over other tooth-replacement options, like bridges and dentures. Unlike a bridge, you don’t need to reduce any of your teeth in order to make way for a dental implant, which allows you to keep more of your natural structures intact.

Dental implants also provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone, which bridges and dentures don’t do. When you’re missing a tooth and your jawbone is no longer stimulated, it can lead to bone loss, or resorption, which in turn leads to a weaker jaw and an altered appearance as your facial muscles begin to cave in. Because dental implants are connected directly to your jawbone, they stimulate your jaw and prevent the bone loss that can sometimes happen with bridges and dentures.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

You need to have healthy gums if you want to get dental implants. If you have any gum conditions, like gum disease, you need to resolve that before you can have your dental implant surgery. 

You also need to have substantial tissue in your jawbone in order for your implants to properly work. Your implants anchor into your jawbone, so if there isn’t enough tissue there to grab on to, they won’t be able to take hold properly.

The team at Bay Dental Group can take X-rays or perform a CT scan to determine if you have enough bone tissue in your jaw. If you don’t, you might need to get a bone graft before you can have your dental implants placed.

Get started with your dental implants today by scheduling a consultation with the team at Bay Dental Group. You can book your appointment by phone or online.