December 28, 2015

Traditional dentures and other bridgework options have offered people valuable tooth replacement solutions for generations. Today, dental implants are another option that patients can explore. There are many things that distinguish these implants from other options. Dr. Andres F. Herrera is an oral surgeon in Watsonville, CA, specializing in dental implant placement and other surgical dental health care solutions. Learning a few facts about these alternatives to dentures will help you make the right choice about your oral health care.

Dental Implant Basics

A dental implant is made up of three basic parts. These are:

  • Post: A small biocompatible titanium post found at the bottom of a dental implant. The post is set directly into the jawbone where over the course of several weeks it fuses securely with the bone itself. This results in a highly stable, secure foundation for the rest of the implant to rest on.
  • Crown: Made of a durable, high quality material, the crown is the visible portion of the implant. This prosthetic tooth is carefully colored to match the appearance of neighboring teeth so patients enjoy a natural-looking smile.
  • Abutment: The connection point between the post and crown. This connection is very secure so the patient experiences none of the slipping or discomfort associated with traditional dentures.

Dental implants are intended to replace a limited number of teeth, usually just one or two. If a patient has experienced more extensive tooth loss, a different implant option may be available.

What Makes All-on-4™ Different?

All-on-4™ is an implant system that makes use of a denture-style set of crowns that are supported by just four posts. These posts are strategically positioned to provide the patient comfort and security. Durable and natural-looking, All-on-4™ is an excellent solution for patients who want to explore alternatives to traditional dentures.

Ready to Learn More?

To learn if All-on-4™ is a good treatment solution for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Herrera. You can reach True Bite Oral Surgery and Implant Center by calling (831) 269-3535.



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