Dental Implants

MY Dental Place

Mary Anne Yu, DMD

Family Dentist located in Sunnyvale, CA

If you have missing teeth, but don’t picture yourself wearing dentures, dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Mary Anne Yu and the caring staff at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California, can help you get back to enjoying a good meal and talking and laughing without feeling self-conscious. Go online to book your next visit or call today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth affixed to titanium posts that are anchored into your jawbone to function like natural teeth. For many people, dental implants are an ideal long-term solution for missing teeth instead of wearing dentures. Dr. Yu creates your dental implants to match your remaining teeth, so they blend in naturally with your smile.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

When you lose one or more teeth, it can make chewing more difficult. Tooth loss can also result in bone loss in that area of your jawbone and the remaining teeth can shift over time. Dental implants can restore or reverse many of these changes.

The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Keeping your teeth from shifting caused by missing teeth
  • Restoring a proper bite to enable you to chew and eat normally
  • Avoiding the need to use neighboring healthy teeth as anchors like occurs with dental bridges
  • Maintaining the shape of your face, which can be changed by missing teeth
  • Helping you speak normally
  • Providing a more convenient alternative to dentures

Can anyone get dental implants?

Many adults can get implants, but they’re not recommended for growing children. A good candidate for dental implants is an adult who has good overall health as well as healthy gums and enough bone structure in the jaw to properly secure an implant.

People with chronic medical issues such as diabetes and leukemia may not be good candidates since these conditions affect the healing process. Tobacco use may also cause slower healing.

What happens when I get dental implants?

Typically the process to get a dental implant happens over two appointments that happen over a few months:

  • Step 1: Dr. Yu places the titanium post in your jaw
  • Step 2: Over the next three to six months, the implant fuses to your jawbone
  • Step 3: Dr. Yu places a crown on top of the implant in place of the missing tooth

If you’re considering dental implants, go online or call today to book a consultation with Dr. Yu at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California.