Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Lincoln, CA – Implant Dentist Offers Alternatives to Dentures

Whether you are looking to replace a missing tooth or are seeking an alternative to dentures, Dr. Jaime M. Curtis has the solution for you; we offer a variety of options for dental implants in Lincoln, CA. Dental implants are a stable, fixed solution to replace missing teeth. These dental restorations are an excellent choice to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Patients who typically seek dentures to replace missing teeth will be please to know that with implant-supported dentures, you do not have to deal with the hassle of adhesives or glue. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable that traditional dentures because they require less material and allow for natural chewing. Since the dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone and fuse with the bone, these replacement teeth have strength equivalent to the original teeth.

If you are missing a full arch, we can place dental implants into the jaw to act as anchors to hold the dental appliance in place. Although implant-supported dentures are stable and secure, patients are still able to remove the prosthesis to clean it when necessary. Another option is implant-retained dentures. This type of appliance is also secured with dental implants, but it can only be removed by a dentist.

On this page we have provided information about dental implants in Lincoln, CA, which we hope will help you decide if this treatment option is right for you.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting dental implants in Lincoln, CA requires a number of visits to our office over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental implant or implants.

If you have any questions regarding dental implants in Lincoln, CA, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.