Missing teeth can ruin your smile, wreck your confidence, and affect your eating habits. Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, offers dental implants as a long-term solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Located in Riverside, California, Dr. Lindegren specializes in gentle and effective dental solutions for those who need replacement teeth and may have special needs or anxiety about visiting the dentist. Renew your smile with dental implants and feel like yourself again — call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically attached to your jawbone. Implants allow Dr. Lindegren to attach a replacement tooth or bridge to fill in a gap in your teeth. Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and don’t come loose as dentures can.
Dental implants also offer the ability to care for your teeth more easily because they don’t require attachments on the surrounding teeth. This makes brushing and flossing easier and can improve your oral hygiene. Dental implants also offer durability and strength, which reduce your risk of breaking the implant and needing a replacement, compared with less permanent dental solutions.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental implant. To determine if a dental implant is right for you, Dr. Lindegren examines your mouth, focusing on the area where you’re missing one or more teeth. She’ll take X-rays of the area to determine the thickness of your jawbone and assess your gums to ensure they’re healthy.
There are two types of dental implants to choose from, based on your oral health and anatomy. You may require the replacement of an individual tooth or full arch, which also determines which type of implant is best for you. These include:
Endosteal implants are screws surgically placed directly into your jawbone. During a second surgery, a post is attached to the implant screw. Once healed, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post.
Subperiosteal implants are metal frames surgically placed into your jawbone with posts projecting through your gums. After you’ve healed, artificial teeth can be attached to the posts.
Dr. Lindegren discusses these options with you to determine which one is the best long-term solution for your needs.
Since dental implants require one or more surgeries, it’s important to care for your overall health before and after surgery. This may include modifying your diet, quitting smoking, and getting any chronic health conditions under control.
Dr. Lindegren works with implant specialists in the area to ensure your implant is comfortable and stable before attaching artificial teeth. Together with the specialist, Dr. Lindegren provides the highest quality care and best experience from start to finish, so you’re comfortable and happy with your results.
Your artificial teeth must be cared for like your normal teeth, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups.
Schedule a consultation by phone or online with Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, to learn about implant options.