If you’re missing permanent teeth, a dental implant restoration can return your smile to its near-original condition while preventing gum recession, bone loss, and other oral health problems. At his practice in San Jose, California, Lester Martinez, DDS, and his bilingual team offer several types of dental implant restorations, including crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Dental implant restoration uses small, metal posts made of titanium to replace one or several missing permanent teeth. Instead of relying on your existing, healthy teeth for support, Dr. Martinez places the posts into your gum line during a quick, outpatient procedure. Over time, your bone grows around the implants, fusing them to your jaw.
Dental implant restoration has a proven track record of success. By practicing good oral hygiene, your implants can last for decades.
Dr. Martinez offers several types of dental implant restoration, including:
If you’re missing a single permanent tooth, you might benefit from a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that Dr. Martinez bonds to the top of a dental implant. It looks and functions like your natural tooth, allowing you to bite and chew confidently.
If you’re missing two or three permanent teeth next to each other, consider a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge contains two or more false teeth and sits on top of your dental implants. Once bonded in place, a fixed bridge prevents gum recession and bone loss.
If you’re missing all of your permanent teeth on your upper or lower arch, consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are oral prosthetics that contain an entire row of false teeth. They snap onto your dental implants, restoring your smile to a healthy and vibrant condition.
Dental implant restoration begins with a comprehensive oral exam and a discussion of your goals for treatment. Dr. Martinez then orders oral X-rays to see if you have enough jaw volume to support the implants. If your teeth and gums are healthy, he administers a local anesthetic and places several metal posts into your jaw.
Following the implant procedure, you return home for several months while your mouth heals. After the implants fuse to your jaw, you return to the practice, and Dr. Martinez takes digital impressions. He then sends your images to a laboratory that manufactures your crowns, fixed bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
A week or two later, you return to the office, and Dr. Martinez attaches your restoration to your implants.
To see if you qualify for dental implant restoration, schedule an appointment at the practice of Lester Martinez DDS. Book a consultation online, or call the office today. Spanish-speaking team members are available!