If you feel self-conscious about missing teeth, you’re not alone. You may also have difficulty eating and chewing the foods you use to enjoy causing your nutrition to suffer. Millions of people deal with tooth loss, but many have found dental implants to be the perfect solution for restoring their smile and self-esteem.
Trung Pham, DMD enjoys working with patients to help them achieve the healthy smile they deserve. If you have missing teeth because of an accident, injury, gum disease or tooth decay, Dr. Pham and his team work with you to find a solution that restores the appearance and health of your smile.
We offer dental implants at our San Jose dental practice that are artificial tooth roots that replace missing teeth and function just as your natural tooth roots would.
- About Dental Implants
- How the Dental Implant Process Works
- The Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants
- The Financial Benefits of Tooth Implants
- Making the Most of Your Investment
- Are Tooth Implants Right for Me?
About Dental Implants
Dr. Pham may recommend dental implants for patients who want to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to support full or partial dentures.
An implant acts as an artificial tooth root that maximizes the stability of the dental prosthetic we attach to it.
Placing an implant also improves your oral health because it helps to prevent bone deterioration, which is a common problem with tooth loss. A replacement tooth will also keep neighboring teeth from shifting, which happens when there is an open space. When teeth move and drift, it causes bite misalignment, which can lead to jaw joint (TMJ) discomfort. It also presents a higher risk for developing gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities when your teeth are out alignment.
Tooth implants are also capable of supporting dental bridges and full or partial dentures, which means that patients who have multiple missing teeth can also enjoy the benefits that restoring their smiles with dental implants provides.
If your smile has lost its natural function due to one or more missing teeth, or your ill-fitting dentures don’t provide you with the reliable support you want, dental implants may be an excellent solution for you.
How the Dental Implant Process Works
Dr. Pham works closely with a respected oral surgeon in our area who places the implants surgically in the upper or lower jaw, so they function as a stable anchor for replacement teeth. Implant posts are made of durable, lightweight titanium that is biocompatible and readily accepted by the body.
Over a healing period that takes several months, the implant integrates securely with the bone and tissue that surrounds it. During this process, called osseointegration, the implant gains its stability, and when healing is complete, you’ll return to our San Jose dental office so Dr. Pham can restore it with a crown, bridge, or full or partial dentures. Dr. Pham chooses the highest quality dental materials, including ceramic porcelain for tooth crowns and customized acrylic for dentures to ensure that the restoration you receive is not only durable but also seamlessly complements your smile.
The Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants
Choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth provides many advantages not only for your smile and your confidence but also for your oral health. These benefits include:
- Dental implants are most like a natural tooth in form and function
- They’re a standalone replacement, so we don’t need to alter healthy, adjacent teeth
- The presence of the tooth implant in the jaw helps prevent bone deterioration.
Tooth implants have a very high success rate, and since they become part of your dental structure, they should last a lifetime. However, the longevity of the implant relies on excellent oral health and strong, healthy gums. Keeping up with routine dental exams and hygiene appointments is the best way to ensure that you get a lifetime of use from your implant.
The Financial Benefits of Tooth Implants
The cost of restoring your smile with dental implants varies with your own specific needs. Tooth implants can tend to be more expensive upfront than a dental bridge. However, it's essential to look at the long-term advantages and longevity that dental implants provide when you're weighing the cost.
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that restores both your tooth and your root. Because it is most like your natural tooth, a dental implant provides better longevity because a new tooth root protects the health of your jawbone. So now, both your confidence and your dental health are restored.
A dental bridge will eventually have to be replaced after ten to fifteen years, adding additional cost to your investment. Since tooth implants can potentially last for a lifetime, they are often a more cost-effective choice for the long term for many patients.
Making the Most of Your Investment
Because a dental implant is essentially like having a new natural tooth, it is easy to take care of. You can brush and floss around a single tooth implant just like you would your natural tooth. It is vital to commit to an excellent home care routine to keep your tooth implant clean and plaque-free. Gum disease and infection are the enemies of tooth implants and can cause them to fail.
Consistent visits to your dentist in San Jose every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup with Dr. Pham will also help keep your tooth implant healthy. Dr. Pham will monitor your implant with yearly x-rays and examinations to ensure its longevity. With a great home care routine and routine preventive visits with your dentist, you will be sure to receive the most from your tooth implant and your investment in your dental health.
Are Tooth Implants Right for Me?
If you are considering tooth implants to restore your smile, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Pham. Your San Jose dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine if dental implants are right for your needs. Whether you're restoring one or multiple teeth, he will also create a customized treatment plan to address your unique situation and determine the cost of your treatment.
We don't want the cost of your treatment to hold you back from your new smile, so we work with companies, such as CareCredit to help patients finance their dental implants with convenient monthly payments.
If you are a member of our Bay Area Dental Plan, you will also receive a discount on your implant restoration. Our financial coordinator is always happy to help you find a way to fit your treatment into your budget that makes the most sense for you. Call us at (408) 287-8880 today to discuss your treatment plan or payment options, and be to ask for more information about our Bay Area Dental Savings Plan.
Contact Our San Jose Dental Office Today to Learn More about Dental Implants
If you’re struggling with missing teeth in San Jose and would like to learn more about dental implants, please call Dr. Trung Pham to arrange a consultation. He will take the time to understand your concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide if a dental implant is the right tooth-replacement choice for you!