Dental Implants Specialist

Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Orinda, CA

Don’t let missing teeth or unstable dentures get you down when there are groundbreaking solutions like dental implants. Dental implants are available to restore your smile and protect and improve your oral health at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp in Orinda, California. Dental implants are surgically fused to your jawbone to replace your natural tooth roots. Discover the benefits of dental implants for yourself by calling the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium and specially designed to secure and stabilize your dentures or another dental prosthesis, such as crowns.

In an in-office procedure, your dentist fuses the implants to your jawbone, so they remain in place to create a sturdy base for your replacement teeth. Your provider places your dentures or another dental prosthesis on top of your implants to restore your smile. When needed, the Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp team can also perform tooth extractions and bone grafting.

The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that usually takes between 6 to 9 months. Your dentist can provide dental implants to replace one missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or an entire set of missing teeth.

Why would I choose dental implants?

You might choose dental implants for various reasons, such as:

  • If you have missing teeth
  • To improve your speech
  • If your regular dentures keep falling out
  • Prevent shifting of your natural teeth

Dental implants are available in several different sizes and shapes.

How are dental implants placed?

Placing your dental implants in-office takes between one and two hours. Your dentist first administers anesthesia and carefully makes an incision in your gums. Next, tiny holes are drilled into your jawbone. Your dentist places titanium implants in the holes and sutures your gums closed.

Osseointegration is the next step. This is a process where, over time, your jawbone and your new dental implants fuse together. Following the placement of your implant, it usually takes about three to six months for the successful fusion of your jawbone and implants.

After the healing phase, you return to the office and your dentist screws a small implant attachment (an abutment) on top of each dental implant. The abutments effectively connect your implant and your new crown or prosthesis.

In the final step, your dentist attaches your dental prosthesis to the abutments. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Some of the many benefits of dental implants include:

  • Improving the appearance of your smile
  • Preventing future bone loss
  • Preserving your jawbone
  • The materials don’t deteriorate and decay like your natural teeth
  • A long-lasting and safe dental solution
  • Improving your dental health
  • Stabilizing and securing your dentures
  • Improving speech

With dental implants, you can also eat a normal balanced healthy diet.

Dental implants are manufactured to last a lifetime. To determine if dental implants are the dental solution for you, call Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp or schedule an appointment online today.