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Dental Implants Specialist

Keith Wood, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Wood Family Dentistry

Keith Wood, DDS

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Folsom, CA

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer the chance to restore your smile and your confidence. At Wood Family Dentistry, Keith Wood, DDS, has the skills and expertise to place dental implants. He has helped many individuals feel great about their smiles. To learn more about what dental implants can do for you, call the Folsom, California, office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They consist of a titanium root and a replacement tooth. They look and function just like natural teeth, which is why they’re such a popular restoration choice for many people.

Dental implants are anchored directly into your natural bone tissue, creating a permanent bond and eliminating any concern that your tooth will shift out of position over time.

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

The roots of your teeth are anchored in your jaw bone. Every time you bite down, you’re stimulating that bone, which keeps it healthy and strong. When one or more natural teeth are missing, that bone tissue stimulation stops.

A missing tooth also leaves the adjacent teeth without an adequate support structure. Very often, the surrounding teeth shift out of place, which can cause problems with your bite.

Aesthetics are also an important consideration when you have one or more missing teeth.

Dental implants offer a tooth replacement option that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

How are dental implants installed?

Getting implants requires a few visits with Dr. Wood. He begins the process with a thorough dental exam to ensure you’re a good candidate for implants.

Next, Dr. Wood opens a small portion of your gum tissue to access the underlying bone. He drills a tiny pilot hole and guides the metal implant into the proper position.

It takes a few months for your bone tissue to bond around the new implant. During this time, the dental lab creates a custom crown, which becomes the visible portion of your new implant.

This healing time is also important because it allows your jaw bone to create a strong bond with the implant, making it able to withstand the force of your bite. Once the healing process concludes, Dr. Wood installs the crown.

If dental implants sound like a restoration option for you, book a consultation with Wood Family Dentistry to learn more.