Dental Implants

Dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth! Implants replace both the tooth roots and the crowns of your missing teeth, working to improve your oral health as well as restore your smile and quality of life. To schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. Nathan Oster, and learn more about dental implants in Santa Cruz, California, call our office today at 831-476-3200.

Dental implants are designed as permanent replacements for your missing teeth, and they are often considered the optimal tooth replacement option because of their long-term oral health benefits. They may be used to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth or an entire arch of teeth, depending on your individual needs. Anyone who has lost a tooth is a candidate for implant dentistry, and as long as your mouth is healthy, you should be able to receive an implant without difficulty. Our dentist will examine your mouth thoroughly to determine if any additional treatments are needed before you can receive an implant, such as bone grafting or treatment for tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Implants consist of two main parts — an implant post and an implant restoration. The implant post is a small screw, made of titanium or another biocompatible material, that is surgically placed into your jawbone in place of your tooth root. Once placed, it performs all the same functions as your original tooth root, working to stimulate your supporting jawbone to keep it healthy and provide a stable foundation for your missing tooth or teeth.

The implant restoration is a “replacement tooth” that caps the implant post to finish restoring your smile. Depending on which teeth are missing and on your individual needs, this restoration could be a single crown, a dental bridge, or a complete or partial denture. Your restoration will be carefully designed and created to fit your smile perfectly and give you a beautiful and fully functional final result.

Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your natural teeth, and they can last a lifetime when properly cared for with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. We invite you to contact us today and schedule your implant consultation with our dentist to learn more about how implant dentistry can benefit you.

Follow these links for post-implant placement instructions: Implant Placement Post-Op Instructions

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