Posts for: October, 2018

By E. John Baron DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantCould this dental restoration be the solution to your tooth loss problems?

There are many options available when it comes to treating tooth loss. Here in Santa Cruz, CA, our implant dentist Dr. John Baron wants to give you a reason to smile again without those embarrassing gaps between teeth.

Dental Implant Background Info

Before we decide whether or not you are a good candidate for implants, you may want to know the basics about them first. A dental implant is an oral prosthetic that is made up of three different parts:

  • A metal post (the implant)
  • An abutment (sometimes built-in to the implant; it connects the implant to the crown)
  • A false tooth or teeth (dental crown; dentures)

The skinny metal post is surgically placed within the socket of the missing tooth where it will lie within the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and gum tissue will heal around and fuse together with the metal implant to form a permanent structure. From there, the false tooth is placed on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

Who Should Get Dental Implants?

Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants here in Santa Cruz, CA. Of course, you will have to visit our aesthetic dentist for a consultation so you can find out. During the consultation, we will,

  • Go through your medical history
  • Discuss your treatment goals
  • Perform an oral exam
  • Take x-rays of your mouth

All of these steps will help us determine whether or not you are right for dental implants. It is also imperative that you maintain good general and oral health. The oral exam and x-rays we take will help us spot problems such as decay, gum disease, infection, and bone loss, all of which will need to be addressed beforehand. Patients with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure should have these conditions properly managed before they get dental implants.

Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant are not ideal candidates for dental implants. Children and teens are also not right for dental implants because their jawbones haven’t fully developed yet.

If you think you meet the criteria above and you are ready to start your journey to get dental implants in Santa Cruz, CA, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us. A complete smile could be yours again, just call (831) 426-9200 today!




E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200

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