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Some people are resigned to the misconception that they’ll never be able to enjoy the confidence that accompanies a beautiful smile, but in most cases, this simply isn’t true. Dental implants are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth and maintaining healthy jaw structure.

In some cases, a bone graft procedure is needed in preparation for dental implants. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists can determine whether you need a bone graft. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which the bone that is lost around the teeth is restored once again.

The first step of implant dentistry requires a series of X-rays or CT scans. These simple procedures provide Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists with crucial insights into how much bone is left and just what kind of placement procedures you might need.

The dental implant procedure itself can be performed on an outpatient basis. During the procedure a narrow channel is made into the bone. A titanium post or abutment is then inserted. Titanium is the preferred metal, as it is known for being biologically safe. In fact, titanium will integrate with the bone over time in a process known as “osseointegration.”

One major culprit that leads to missing teeth is advanced periodontal disease, which can also cause bone loss in the areas that anchor your teeth into your jaw. Over time this can cause the loss of multiple teeth, leading some people to opt for multiple extractions and dentures. But one of the more common complaints with dentures is that they can often feel loose or slip while eating. Denture adhesive can help to secure dentures in place, but many people would prefer to have a solution that feels even more firm.

Removable implant-supported tooth replacements, or denture implants essentially create four to six anchors in your jaw. A custom set of dentures can then be created to lock into these anchors, giving you a much tighter grip than what you would experience with adhesive alone.

If advanced periodontal disease was the root cause of your initial tooth loss, chances are good that you may need a bone graft procedure to restore enough bone for placing the abutment anchors, as described above.

Dental implants are a wonderfully effective investment for your long-term oral health. With proper care and dedication to an effective oral hygiene regimen, they can last you a lifetime! Visiting Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists twice a year for your regular checkup goes a long way toward maintaining gum health and helping to remove minor surface stains from your remaining natural teeth.

If you’d like to learn more about implant dentistry, contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.