Implants

Selma Sunshine Dental

Mandeep Sandhu, DDS

Dentist located in Selma, CA

Dental implants are the most natural-appearing and effective solution to missing or damaged teeth. If you require tooth restoration, an implant can improve the function and appearance of your smile. At Selma Sunshine Dental in Selma, California, Mandeep Sandhu, DDS, helps patients restore their smiles with high-quality, permanent dental implants. To find out if implants are right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants permanently replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants consist of three parts:

Implant

The implant is a titanium post that’s surgically placed in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, providing support to the artificial tooth. 

Abutment

The abutment is the part of the implant that sticks out past the gumline. The abutment is used to attach the artificial tooth to the artificial tooth root. 

Crown

The crown is the actual replacement tooth. The crown is custom made to fit the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth. 

Dental implants are performed in a variety of ways. At Selma Sunshine Dental, the team provides all types of dental implants, including all on four (four implants used to replace full rows of teeth), single implants, and bridge implants.

Why might I need a dental implant?

Implants help address a number of cosmetic and structural dental concerns. Reasons you might need a dental implant include:

  • Missing teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Injury
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Damage caused by large fillings

Your dentist helps you decide if a dental implant is a right solution to your problem. Selma Sunshine Dental provides a full range of smile-restoration services, including dental bridges and crowns. 

What happens during the procedure?

Getting your dental implant requires multiple appointments. Before the procedure, you and your dentist discuss your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. 

Your doctor begins the procedure by implanting the artificial tooth root. The titanium post is placed into the bone socket. The jawbone must heal before your dentist can continue with the procedure. This can take up to 12 weeks. 

Once the titanium post successfully fuses with the jawbone, the abutment is placed on top. 

During your next appointment, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth to develop your replacement crown. The crown is made to blend in with your natural teeth. Once the crown is made, it’s securely attached to the abutment.  

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a popular choice for patients looking for natural-appearing smile restoration. Benefits include:

  • Improved speech
  • Improved chewing 
  • Comfort
  • Durability

Ill-fitting dentures and bridges are uncomfortable and make it difficult to chew and speak normally. Dental implants restore the beauty and function of your smile. They also don’t require support from other teeth, allowing you to maintain more of your natural tooth structure. 

To find out if dental implants are right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.