What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots used to permanently, securely replace missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, it can cause several problems for the function, health, and appearance of your smile. With a dental implant, you can replace the entire missing tooth from root to crown. Dental implants are specially designed to function, look, and feel like your natural teeth, providing a restoration that is aesthetic and fully functional.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The entire process for placing a dental implant in Sonoma, California, normally lasts over a period of several months. The implant dentistry process starts with a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Lopes. He will help you determine whether an implant is the best option for replacing your missing teeth. If implants are right for you, we can determine if we can provide it for you or we may refer you to an implant specialist.  If an implant is right for you, we will first place the titanium dental implant in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. We then allow a period of healing, and then we place an attachment called an abutment on top of the dental implant post. Finally, our experienced dentist places a custom-made implant restoration on top. Depending on how many teeth are missing, the implant restoration may be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture.

Do I need dental implants?

If you have lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, trauma, or other factors, a dental implant might be the right choice for restoring your smile. We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about dental implants and to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Lopes.