Sometimes a missing tooth doesn’t just affect our smile – it can cause pain, discomfort, and even speech issues. Thankfully, the team at Berkeley Dental Center is ready to help you with the best Dental Implants in Alameda County.
Are dental implants right for me?
Berkeley Dental Center implants offer excellent solutions to alleviating many problems associated with loss of teeth, such as:
- Replacing single teeth
- Soothing pain in the jaw caused by an improper bite
- Restoration of smile
- Recovery of speech
- Chewing issues that lead to digestive problems
- Support for existing dentures or bridges
Before the dental implant procedure
During your first visit to the Berkeley office, a slew of X-rays, impressions, and molds will be taken to plan for the surgery. This visit will also be the time to discuss all of your expectations and pose any curiosities you may have about the dental implant procedure to your Berkeley dentists.
Berkeley's dental implant procedure
The first step of the process consists of placing an artificial root – the dental implant – into the jawbone. Berkeley Dental Center’s premiere oral specialist will numb the affected gum before gently revealing the bone surgically. At this point, your dentist will carefully make a space within the bone where we will place the implant post.
This minor surgery will require healing time, which compliments the process nicely considering the implant incorporates itself into the bone gradually offering your new tooth a robust anchor built to last.
When we determine that the healing period has come to a close, your oral specialist will place the artificial tooth, aka the crown. This step may take a few adjustment visits to perfect, but as soon as you and your dentist are pleased with the results, the time will come to attach your brand new tooth permanently.
After the dental implant procedure
Our Berkeley dental patients typically express mild to moderate discomfort or pain during the period of recovery. This sensation is perfectly normal. Be sure to set aside the first 24-48 hours following the procedure to get plenty of rest. Should your treatment consist of more complicated aspects, additional recovery time may be required
You and your Berkeley dentist will thoroughly discuss the best possible diet moving forward to ensure an ideal recovery and maximum results. In general, we recommend that you focus on softer foods for the first month. Steer clear of hot meals, liquids, and straws until your healing is complete. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for a minimum of one week following surgery.
Eating correctly and sustaining a healthy and consistent oral hygiene routine will go a long way in ensuring that your new smile will shine brightly for countless years ahead. Contact Berkeley Dental Center today to schedule a consultation with one of our helpful professionals to begin your path to the best dental implants in Alameda.
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