Dental implants are regarded as the gold standard of tooth replacement today. Lifelike, durable, and long-lasting dental implants effectively replace the entire structure of a missing tooth for unparalleled form and function.
At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, Dr. Patricia Phan and her experienced team help patients with missing teeth reclaim their oral health as well as their smiles with dental implant restorations.
Dental Implants: A Healthy Tooth Replacement
When a tooth is lost due to disease or injury, the surrounding teeth that remain begin to shift to fill the space. The bone tissue in the jaw begins to lose volume, putting other teeth at risk over the course of a few short years. Biocompatible dental implants effectively stimulate the jaw bone, preventing further tissue loss.
The Process for Getting a Dental Implant
Dr. Phan offers dental implants for patients in Los Gatos because they look natural and help give you a more stable smile. A dental implant is a titanium fixture that is surgically placed into your jawbone to replace one or several missing teeth. Following placement, a relatively brief period of healing called osseointegration takes place, where the implant and jawbone fuse securely together.
When the implant is firmly fused with the jaw bone, Dr. Phan affixes a custom restoration to the implant post using a connector piece called an abutment. The dental implant itself acts as the root of the tooth and provides a solid base to support a crown, bridge, or dentures.
In this way, we may use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth in a row, or an entire arch of missing teeth.
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
Choosing dental implants is an excellent option because they:
- Replace a missing tooth or teeth and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting
- Can be placed in areas where a bridge or denture might not be an option
- Offer easy homecare with routine brushing and flossing
- Look natural and integrate seamlessly with the rest of your teeth
Dr. Phan works with a local lab that specializes in creating precisely-made, natural-looking implant restorations that look so natural the only people who will know you’re missing a tooth are you and your Los Gatos dental implant dentist!
Improved Facial Appearance with Dental Implants
Dental implants do more than replace missing teeth for improved function and aesthetic quality. Because a dental implant supports and preserves the bone tissue within the jaw, it can also help to maintain facial contours and the shape of your mouth as a whole.
A patient whose bone tissue has deteriorated over time will experience a noticeably diminished jawline, a common problem that leads to a sunken appearance. With dental implant services at Los Gatos Dentistry, Dr. Phan can help you maintain not only your smile and your bite but also the shapely contours of your face.
Schedule Your Los Gatos Dental Implant Consultation
Whether you are missing a single tooth or have lost multiple teeth due to damage and disease, Dr. Phan can help you get back the smile you can't wait to share with others. Conveniently located in Los Gatos, our dental office uses restorative dentistry to help patients like you reclaim their smiles with dental implant restorations that look and feel completely natural.
Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation and to explore the possibilities afforded by dental implant technology. We look forward to serving you and your family, providing you with everything you need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Our cutting-edge dental office warmly welcomes families from throughout Los Gatos and the surrounding areas, including Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Los Altos, San Jose, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, and others.