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There are many options to consider when facing the issue of a missing tooth. The longest lasting and most stable solution is a dental implant. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, numerous teeth or complete arches, dental implants are the best option for retaining proper bone health in the jaw and mouth. The alternatives to dental implants have the issue of bone loss over time, which fosters a change in facial appearance and often deformity of some kind. Tooth loss can be caused by many different diseases, as well as trauma.

Missing Tooth

When opting for a dental implant, a patient will first have a dental post surgically placed in the jawbone, where it anchors just like a natural tooth root would. The post ensures that the restoration is stable and functions just the same as a normal healthy tooth. The material used, surgical steel, is the same as what’s used in prosthetic surgeries where metal abuts or enters human bone. The area where the post is seated must heal before further treatment is continued.

Placing the Dental Implant Post

After the post is implanted and the area of the gums and bone have healed from the procedure, our dentists will place the dental implant restoration. If you’re restoring one tooth with a dental implant, a crown will be placed on the post. If you’re restoring an area of three or more teeth, then you may receive a bridge, partial denture or complete denture, depending on your needs.

Placing the Prosthetic Tooth (Crown)

Each dental implant case is tailored to your needs and desires to ensure you get the smile of YOUR dreams.

Recap of Dental Implant Procedure:

1. Consult with one of our dentists to discuss needs and desires in terms of functionality and appearance for your new smile
2. A – Extraction of diseased, infected, fractured or broken tooth.
B – Placement of post in gap of missing tooth (or teeth)
3. Healing process of post area (typically four to six months, depending on the patient)
4. Placement of new prosthetic tooth (or teeth, referred to as crowns, bridges, or partial or complete dentures)


It is widely known in the dental science community that implants are more durable than bridges. Commonly, dental implants are considered to be a lifelong solution. The alternative option, a bridge, has a lifespan of 10 years on average. Bridges utilize remaining tooth structure from remaining teeth. This jeopardizes the structural integrity and overall health of teeth in the area, which can lead to more problems down the road.

The post, made of surgical steel, is fused to the jawbone naturally through a process called osseointegration. The term “osseointegration’ derives from the Greek terms for “bone” and “to make one.” According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information (a part of U.S. National Library of Medicine), in order to create osseointegration, the following must be true:
• A minimal amount of remaining bone should be removed
• The basic topography of the region should not be changed
• The retention of the original or transitional denture should be maintained during the healing period
Jayesh, Raghavendra S, and V Dhinakarsamy. “Osseointegration.” Journal of pharmacy & bioallied sciences vol. 7,Suppl 1 (2015): S226-9. doi:10.4103/0975-7406.155917

This term, osseointegration, is most commonly used when referring to dental implants. The same process occurs whenever a bone is repairing itself. When someone undergoes surgery to repair a bone fracture, break or joint replacement, among others, this process occurs.

We welcome you to contact Sierra Oaks Dental at (916) 846-9828 today to learn more about dental implants in Sacramento, California, and book a consultation. Drs. Peter Kim, Navid Torabian and Shahryar Khodai look forward to serving you and your smile!

Jayesh, Raghavendra S, and V Dhinakarsamy. “Osseointegration.” Journal of pharmacy & bioallied sciences vol. 7,Suppl 1 (2015): S226-9. doi:10.4103/0975-7406.155917