Dental implants are small, titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, and are used as an anchor for your replacement teeth. In some cases, a dental implant procedure may include visiting one specialist to place the implant posts, and another to secure your dental crown, bridge, or denture to them. At Cerritos Dental Surgery, however, Dr. Hofkes can place your dental implant posts and restore them with a lifelike prosthesis, all in the same office.
Planning Dental Implant Placement
Accurately planning the optimal placement of your dental implants involves several factors. For instance, the integrity of the surrounding jawbone, the number of implants needed, and the exact angle that the implant(s) should be placed to restore your bite’s function must be taken into consideration.
To gain an accurate and detailed picture of your dental health, Dr. Hofkes utilizes advanced digital imaging technology to determine the placement of your implants with heightened precision. From the images, a special surgical guide can be fabricated that allows for faster, safer, and more efficient implant placement.
After Dental Implant Placement
What makes dental implants a revolutionary asset is the process of osseointegration. The titanium implants are biocompatible, meaning your jawbone accepts them as real and fuses to their surfaces. This effectively creates a prosthetic tooth root that can be used to hold your dental restoration in place.
Caring for your implant-supported restoration is similar to caring for your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing every day and attending checkups and cleanings as often as recommended. Dr. Hofkes will provide you with personal, detailed instructions for maintaining your bridge, partial, or full denture in the long run.