Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a secure, often life-long solution to missing teeth. If you want a natural-looking solution to tooth loss, visit Thi Hoang, DDS, Theresa Hoang, DDS, and the team at Las Positas Family Dental in Livermore, California. They specialize in restorative dentistry procedures like dental implants and offer a same-day service for suitable patients. Call Las Positas Family Dental or schedule a consultation online today to see how you could benefit from dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Las Positas Family Dental offers patients several options for restoring tooth functionality and improving smiles due to missing teeth. Dental implants are a great choice and provide the most permanent solution.

Implants are artificial roots with a crown fitted on top. The roots are typically titanium and require surgical placement into the upper or lower jawbone. After implantation, the titanium roots need time to heal and fuse with the jawbone to provide a secure base for the new tooth.

The replacement tooth attached to the new root is called an implant crown. It looks and works exactly like a natural tooth, so you can chew and speak normally and be confident that your dental implants are impossible to tell apart from your natural teeth.

When should I consider dental implants?

You might want to consider dental implants to replace missing teeth without affecting the teeth on either side. Implants can also:


Improve chewing and speaking

Enhance facial tissues

Support a bridge or denture

Resolve temporomandibular joint pain

Your dentist at Las Positas Family Dental will discuss all the options with you, including alternatives like crowns and bridges or partial dentures. They offer information and advice to help you make the right choice
for you.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

To determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants, your Las Positas Family Dental dentist X-rays the jaw to ensure enough healthy bone to fit the titanium roots. If you lack bone, the posts won’t be secure enough.

It’s possible to overcome this problem by performing a bone graft procedure, where your dentist builds up the existing bone to create a secure base. Bone grafts take several months to heal and ensure the graft fuses properly.

What does having dental implants involve?

The process begins with fitting the implants. Your dentist makes holes in the jawbone for the base of the artificial implant, leaving a post above the gumline for your new crown. This surgery takes time for healing and proper fusion.

When the jaw is ready, your dentist attaches the crown to the post. After healing, a dental implant offers excellent comfort, support, and stability.

In addition to conventional dental implants, the team offers same/next day CEREC® implants. If you encounter any problems with your implants, the practice also offers a restoration service.

To learn more about dental implants and their benefits, call Las Positas Family Dental or use the online booking form to schedule a
consultation today.