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Missing Teeth? Restore your Smile with Dental Implants in Turlock by Drs. Thompson and Thompson

In the past, there weren’t many options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Usually, replacing a missing tooth or teeth involved wearing a removable prosthesis, or shaving down teeth adjacent to the gap and placing a fixed bridge. As modern implant dentistry has evolved, however, dental implants can now be used to fill in missing tooth space without making modifications to other teeth. If you’re considering dental implants in Turlock, Drs. Christopher and Anne Thompson would love to discuss your options with you.

Reasons to consider dental implants:

• To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
• Dental implants can sometimes resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
• To restore a patient’s confident smile.
• To restore normal chewing, speech, and digestion.
• To restore or enhance facial tissues.
• To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
• If you need to replace missing teeth or a single tooth, implants are a stable, permanent solution. 

What is a dental implant?

Aside from restoring your chewing capability and enhancing your smile, one of the greatest benefits of having a dental implant procedure performed is that it replaces both your missing tooth and the root. A tooth implant can be broken down into three basic components:

Dental Implant Post – This part of the tooth implant resembles a tiny screw. The dental implant post is made of titanium so it can integrate with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. During the dental implant procedure, the dental implant post is first surgically placed, and then the patient is allowed several months to heal so the implant is stable before the dental implant crown is attached.

Abutment – After the tooth implant post has fused with the jawbone, our Turlock dental implant dentist will attach a custom abutment to the post. The abutment is a small metal cap that connects the dental implant crown to the dental implant post.

Tooth Restoration – The tooth restoration is the dental implant crown that attaches to the post. The restoration is usually made of porcelain and is formed to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Patients that are missing multiple teeth can choose to have an implant-supported dental bridge or dentures instead of multiple dental implant crowns.

How are dental implant procedures performed?

If you schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants with Christopher and Anne Thompson, DDS, we will first see you for a dental implant evaluation. During the initial evaluation we will discuss your treatment goals and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Our staff will provide a breakdown of your dental insurance coverage so you have all the information before you choose to proceed. If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll take impressions and digital X-rays and refer you to one of the two oral surgeons we trust for dental implant placement. We’re highly selective in the specialists we trust to place dental implants in Turlock, because we want you to be absolutely satisfied with the results.

After the dental implant is placed, we use ATLANTIS™ patient-specific CAD/CAM abutments for the final crown placement. We believe ATLANTIS™ patient-specific CAD/CAM abutments provide the highest levels of precision and aesthetics available in implant dentistry. To complete the dental implant restoration, we work with a local lab that we’ve used for dental implant restorations and dentures since our practice was established. Our trusted dental lab can meet custom shades or adjust shades to match your natural teeth.

At Christopher and Anne Thompson, DDS, we love seeing the way implant dentistry can transform a patient’s smile. 

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on several factors including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Additionally, some procedures may be required before the dental implant is placed to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. To obtain a specific estimate, it’s best to have our Turlock dentists examine your situation.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants function like normal teeth and must be checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommend by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in Turlock in six months, or more frequently if advised.

Questions? Ready for a Dental Implant Evaluation?

If you have questions about dental implants in Turlock, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today!

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