Learn about tooth replacement options such as dental implants from Dublin dentist
Dublin, CA area patients who visit Dr. Munira Lokhandwala at StarBrite Dental are welcome to ask about the benefits of using dental implants as a reliable tooth replacement option. There are many solutions that are available to patients in the community who are seeking ways of replacing missing teeth, but dental implants are the “gold standard” for many of our adult patients.
What is a dental implant?
With several tooth replacement options, many patients want to know why they should invest in dental implants. Dental implants are small posts that are fabricated using titanium that does not erode and is biocompatible with the body. These implants are restored as if they are a tooth root, either with dentures, crowns, or bridges. Implants are one of the most desirable options for many of our patients for a variety of reasons. Implants are:
- Highly successful
- A smart investment
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala understands that even though many of our patients want to move forward with dental implants, they may not be for everyone. It is best for patients to schedule a consultation appointment with our team of professionals here at StarBrite Dental to determine candidacy first. This is done during the initial evaluation. Dr. Munira Lokhandwala takes x-rays to check the health of the bone and determine if there is enough to hold the implant in place. The implant depends on the bone structure because this is where it derives its strength and stability. Without proper bone support, patients have two options: move forward with bone grafting to build up the area or consider alternative options. If patients choose bone grafting, they must be willing to put in the time and expense to create the proper foundation for the implant before placing it. Otherwise, options such as dentures or dental bridges may be considered as an alternative.
Why might an alternative be better for me?
Alternatives may be better if a dental implant is not best suited for your specific needs. Dentures and dental bridges are also available at StarBrite Dental for our patients, and we provide quality restorations that can be just as beautiful and fully functional as dental implants. We work with patients to help them decide which treatment is most appropriate and sometimes, dental implants may not be that treatment.
What is a bridge or denture?
A dental bridge is a porcelain restoration that is fabricated with a false tooth fused to dental crowns on each side. This bridge is placed using the adjacent, teeth as a foundation to hold the bridge. One or more teeth in a row can be replaced in this manner, and patients love the ability to enjoy a more permanent option than a removable partial denture.
Partial dentures are an economical solution for many of our patients who want a restoration that is removable and easy to care for. Partial dentures are made with a metal framework and acrylic natural-looking teeth that slide into place and utilize the teeth remaining in the dental arch for support. Partial dentures are removed and can be cleaned overnight or with a toothbrush by the patient. Many patients who have dental insurance find that their policy will cover some or all their partial dentures as this is the most affordable option. Partial dentures are not considered permanent and may need adjustments over time as the smile changes. Determining whether a patient is best for bridges or dentures is also communicated during a visit with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental. All the options are explained so that patients can make an educated decision regarding their tooth replacement.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala today!
At StarBrite Dental, Dublin, CA area patients can enjoy quality dental care solutions and learn about tooth replacement options such as dental implants from an experienced professional. Contact the practice today to book a consultation visit by calling 925-828-0252 . Our friendly front office team in Suite B at 7197 Village Parkway can assist patients in arranging an appointment during which tooth replacement options and other concerns can be addressed with our staff.