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Have you ever thought that because of certain imperfections in your teeth or jaw, you’ll never be able enjoy the confidence that accompanies a beautiful smile? Think again! Dental implants are an effective solution, both for replacing missing teeth and sustaining a healthy jaw structure.

In some cases, a bone graft can be the necessary groundwork for dental implants. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which the part of the jaw bone that has been lost around the teeth is reinstated once again. Dr. Sean P Avera and his expert team can determine whether you need a bone graft.

The first step entails a series of X-rays or CT scans. Once we have evaluated the strength of your jaw and determined whether you are ready for the implant, we will either perform a preliminary bone graft or perform a dental implant. If advanced periodontal disease was the root cause of your original tooth loss, chances are that you might require a bone graft procedure to restore enough bone for placing the abutment anchors.

When time comes for the implant, you will be sedated, likely with an IV, so you are asleep. Then we will create a narrow channel into the jawbone. A titanium post or abutment will then be inserted. Titanium is the favored metal, known for being biologically safe. In fact, titanium will assimilate with the bone over time in a natural bodily process known as “osseointegration.”

Dental implants are very effective investments for your long-term oral health. With proper care and regular devotion to an effective oral hygiene regimen, they can last you a lifetime!

If you’d like to learn more about the possibility of getting a dental implant, simply contact Sean P Avera DDS Inc. in Auburn, California. We can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314.