Jaclyn Martinez, DDS: Dentist
General Dentists & Family Dentists located in San Jose, CA
A missing tooth can affect your confidence, but it can also compromise the health of your mouth, gums, and remaining teeth. Dental implants are a restorative dental treatment that’s growing in popularity because they’re a permanent solution to missing teeth. At her practice in San Jose, California, Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, is an expert in dental implants. Find out more about the benefits of dental implants by calling the office or requesting your appointment online today.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are custom artificial teeth fitted permanently into your jaw. Dr. Martinez often recommends implants as a safe and effective option for people who have missing teeth or need to have a tooth extracted.
An implant is made from a titanium rod that fuses to your jawbone, and it’s topped with an artificial tooth called a crown. Every crown is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.
Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, and they look and function just like natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone. Your bone naturally bonds to the titanium, giving your artificial tooth a sturdy base. Implants are a permanent, natural-looking alternative to other artificial teeth like traditional dentures.
Missing or severely damaged teeth can affect the health of your remaining teeth, your gums, and the rest of your mouth. Getting dental implants to replace missing teeth can improve your oral health significantly.
They stimulate bone growth to keep your jaw strong. Implants also encourage gum health as they give your gums something to grow around. You can get a single implant or multiple implants that can be a part of an esthetic restoration plan involving bridgework and other procedures.
What can I expect when I get a dental implant?
Your dental implant process starts with a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Martinez evaluates your oral health, and she may take digital X-rays and impressions. With this information, she recommends the best type of restorative dental treatment for you.
The procedure for getting a dental implant generally takes two visits to the office. At your first appointment, Dr. Martinez makes a small incision in your gums and inserts the implant into your jawbone.
Over the following months, your jaw heals and bonds to the implant. Dr. Martinez works with a specialized dental lab to create your custom crowns during this time.
At your next appointment, Dr. Martinez checks your progress and fits your crown. Your dental implant looks just like a natural tooth, and you’ll care for it in the same way you care for your other teeth.
You can expect the whole process to take between six and eight months.
If you're interested in learning more about dental implants, request a consultation with Dr. Martinez online or call the office today.
Evaluating the Jaw for Dental Implant Suitability
Before a dental implant can be placed, the jaw bone must be evaluated to determine its suitability for the procedure. A thorough examination is typically performed, which may include X-rays, CT scans, or other imaging tests. The evaluation will assess the density and quality of the jaw bone, as well as its overall health and structure. The size and shape of the bone will also be considered, as this will impact the type and size of implant that can be used. If the jaw bone is found to be insufficient, a bone graft may be required to augment the bone in preparation for the implant. Overall, careful evaluation of the jaw bone is critical to ensure the success of a dental implant and to minimize the risk of complications.