Permanently Restore Missing Teeth
Dental Implants in San Jose
If you are suffering from tooth loss, Dr. Tuan of AT Dental Care is here to help. We offer high-quality dental implants in San Jose, Evergreen, and Silver Creek. As an experienced implant dentist, Dr. Tuan can provide you with the treatment you need to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tuan today!
Understanding the Basics
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implant placement refers to the process of surgically implanting a small titanium post into your gums and jaw. This titanium post is the implant itself and it’s designed to heal and bond with your surrounding jaw tissue, effectively becoming a permanent part of your mouth. Once the implant heals, it can be used to support a variety of different implant-supported restorations.
Restore Your Missing Tooth
Single-tooth implants are used to restore a single tooth with a dental crown that attaches to the dental implant. Often, multiple single-tooth implants are used to restore your smile if you are missing more than one tooth. This treatment can renew your ability to chew, speak, and smile with ease. If you are suffering from tooth loss, give us a call today to see if a single-tooth implant is right for you!
What to Expect
The Dental Implant Process
The process begins with a comprehensive oral exam. If Dr. Tuan determines that you are a good candidate for an implant, x-rays and images of your jaw and mouth will be taken to begin developing your treatment plan.
You’ll come back in a few weeks for your placement procedure. Using your treatment plan, Dr. Tuan will create a small incision in your gums to access your jaw. Your implant will be placed precisely into this opening, then the area will be cleaned, sanitized, and sutured shut.
Initial recovery takes only about a week, but it takes 3-6 months for the implant to bond (osseointegrate) with the surrounding bone and gum tissue. During this time, you’ll come in for a few follow-up appointments so Dr. Tuan can make sure your implant is healing properly. Impressions and photos of your mouth will also be taken and sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be built.
Once your crown has been built and your mouth is fully healed, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Tuan will check the crown and make sure it fits, then bond it permanently into place to restore your smile.
Healing, Recovery, & Aftercare
After Implant Surgery
You may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling for a few days after your procedure. This is normal, and should go away within a week. Dr. Tuan will provide you with a set of recovery and aftercare instructions. Be sure to follow them exactly to ensure that your implant heals properly.
One of the best things about single-tooth implants is that they do not require any special care after they heal. Simply brush and floss normally, and see Dr. Tuan every six months for regular teeth cleanings & oral exams.
Candidates for Implants
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are missing one or more teeth but have a relatively healthy mouth and strong jaw bone, you are most likely a good candidate for dental implants. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tuan of AT Dental Care today. During your consultation, Dr. Tuan will thoroughly assess your smile and go over all of your options to replace your missing tooth.