Dental Implants

Shirley Zhao, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Zhao Dental

Shirley Zhao, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasanton, CA & Tracy, CA

When it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile, dental implants could be a positively life-changing dental solution. At Zhao Dental with two locations in Pleasanton and Tracy, California, Shirley Zhao, DDS, and the dental group offer permanent, effective, and natural-looking dental implants and restorations to complete your smile. To take care of your oral health and learn more about dental implants, click the online booking tool or call Zhao Dental today.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are specially designed to replace missing teeth by acting as artificial tooth roots. A dental implant refers to a titanium rod or post that’s attached to an abutment and a dental prosthesis, such as bridges, dentures, or a crown.

Your dentist implants the dental implant into your jawbone in-office. Your implant supports and strengthens your jawbone and the abutment connects the implant to your crown or dentures.

Dental implants can be a successful solution for a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They can be custom-made and are available in many sizes and shapes. Zhao Dental provides all dental implant services.

How are dental implants placed?

At Zhao Dental, your dentist carefully places your dental implants during a minor surgical procedure. Your jaw needs a few months to heal before your dentist can place your permanent crown. During this time, your jawbone and implant fuse together to give you a sturdy and reliable restoration.

 When you’re done healing,  your dentist sends impressions of your teeth to a special dental lab where your custom crown or other prosthesis is created.

In some cases, you might not have adequate jawbone space to support a dental implant and your dentist might suggest applying a bone graft during or before your implant procedure. A bone graft can help rebuild your jawbone and make enough space for your implant.

How do I care for my dental implants?

It's important that you practice good oral hygiene and avoid excessive biting force to get the most out of your dental implant. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental problems, such as bacteria and infection that can damage your implant. 

For example, peri-implantitis refers to an infection resulting in inflammation to your gum and bone structure surrounding your implant. Brushing, flossing, and staying up to date with your regular professional dental cleanings and checkups can help lower your risk of infection and enhance and protect your smile and dental health.

What advantages do dental implants offer?

Zhao Dental offers dental implants due to the myriad of benefits. Dental implants not only look like your natural teeth, but they also function just like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you can bite, chew, and speak with confidence.

Over time, missing teeth can result in several changes to your jaw structure and teeth. By replacing your missing tooth root, dental implants can help you prevent jaw shrinkage and limit your existing teeth from shifting out of alignment. Dental implants even prevent bone loss.

If you’d like to find out if dental implants are the right choice to replace your missing teeth, call Zhao Dental or book online.