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Dental Implants in Orangevale - All Smiles Dental Care

If you're looking for information about dental implants - you've come to the right place! I am "The Expert" when it comes to dental implants, and this is the website you want to read if you're looking for information about them!

What are dental implants ?! Or tooth implants ?! You've heard about them and maybe you're even considering them as a solution for your dental problems, but're not really sure what they are! So here we go...

Definition - A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement made of titanium and shaped like a screw.

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The use of dental implants has become more common as procedures have gotten easier and success rates grown higher with the years. Here are some  of the reasons people go for dental implants:

  • Aesthetics - dental implants look and feel good and with modern technology, dentists can achieve results that look exactly like natural teeth.
  • Comfort – a dental implant is such a good tooth replacement, that you don't even remember it's not real.
  • Durability – dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. They bond to the jaw bone and become part of it, this connection is as strong as a natural tooth root. The completed dental implant is as strong and durable as a natural tooth.
  • Improved oral health - since treatment with dental implants involves placing implants in areas where there are no teeth and does not affect your other healthy teeth, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Additionally, by placing implants in areas with no teeth, you stimulate the bone area again and prevent long term bone loss in that area. (When a tooth is lost, the bone is not stimulated and begins to shrink away).
  • Improved hygiene - Individual implants allow easier access between teeth, enabling everyday normal dental care, and in that way improve oral hygiene

    These are really good reasons why you should consider dental implants and there are more of them. If you're trying to decide between tooth implants or building a bridge, then continue to read about  the comparison between a bridge versus dental implants...
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A bridge vs dental implants

When considering a bridge vs dental implants you need to understand what the advantages and disadvantages are for each alternative.

Sure! Initially it may seem cheaper to go with the bridge (and in most cases your dental insurance will cover it - that is if you have insurance) rather than going for the implants, but is it really cheaper in the long run?

How about the clinical aspect of it? Did you know that when your dentist is building your bridge he is cutting down on healthy, adjacent teeth in order to support the bridge structure? Look at this picture -    it illustrates how the bridge is supported by the two neighboring teeth that where milled down to hold the structure!

As you can see in the picture on the right the implant (screw) is placed inside the jaw bone. A metal piece is then connected to it, this piece is called the "abutment". The white ceramic crown is built around the abutment. This structure is what builds the "implant tooth". dental implant


Now check out the "Before" and "After" pictures of the implant procedure - just below. The before picture shows the abutment (that  is connected to the implant in the jaw bone) sticking out of the gum - around the metal abutment a ceramic crown is built and finally, on the right you can see the final outcome of a realistic tooth! If the job is done right, nobody could tell that underneath that tooth there is an implant!

Typical Results Using Implants- Before and After

Before and After Dental Implants

Before and after pictures - This is an example of the results that can be achieved using implants.

A video description is available by clicking the "Dental Video" tab, then click the "Dental Implant" video.

Now that you know - what are dental implants and understand their advantages, you realize that it's   the best alternative today for replacing lost teeth! 

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