Dental implants and implant restoration

Dental implants are considered artificial roots surgically put into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. The top part of the implant, called the abutment, rests above the gum line and can be restored with a crown, bridge, or denture. Dr. Richard J. Koeltl of Danville, California, provides patients with dental implants and other tooth replacement options at RK Dentistry.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants have many benefits over other methods of replacing lost teeth, such as dentures or dental bridges. They both look and feel just like natural teeth, they do not damage surrounding healthy teeth as a dental bridge does, and unlike dentures, you never have to worry about them falling off or slipping out of place. Dental implants also give you back your self-confidence by allowing you to smile and speak without worrying about your appearance.

The anatomy of a dental implant

The implant post is made from surgical-grade titanium. This material is biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body’s immune system and will not cause any damage to surrounding tissues when placed inside the bone. The detailed construction of an implant post can vary depending on its function. The abutment of the dental implant is above the gums and is the foundational support for a restoration created by Dr. Richard J. Koeltl.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone to facilitate the growth of bone through osseointegration, they require patients to have enough bone in place for proper support. Those with dental resorption or bone loss will need to ask about preparatory procedures such as bone grafting to help build up the area to place a dental implant later.

How do I learn more about dental implants and implant restorations?

Dr. Richard J. Koeltl and his team at RK Dentistry in Danville, California, work with patients who have experienced tooth loss to provide them with affordable and reliable options to restore their smile function, appearance, and health.

If you live in or around the community of Danville and want to speak with our team, call 925-732-5516 to request a consultation visit.