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Dental Implants Specialist

Dental Implants replace teeth that have been lost due to decay or damage. Dr. Oanh Le, D.D.S. offers patients in San Mateo, CA Dental Implants that look and work just like real teeth.

Dental Implants Q & A

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements. The metal support system for the tooth replacement is surgically implanted in the jaw and is then topped with a natural looking prosthetic tooth.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

It depends on the patient. Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures, and many people prefer implants due to the convenience factor. Both dental implants and dentures look natural and allow the patient to have a full smile again. Dentures have to be removed for cleaning each night while dental implants are never removed at all. Dentures do require partial replacement at some point. Dental implants are more costly than dentures if the entire mouth is being replaced, but many people feel that the additional cost is worth the longevity and ease of use. Dr. Le can help each patient determine which option is best for their specific situation.

How Long do Dental Implants Last?

For most people, dental implants will last for their entire lives. Most people get dental implants in their mid-40s or later in life, and they rarely need to have replacements of the dental implant base. The prosthetic tooth won't need replacement either, as it is made of the same biocompatible metal as the dental implant base is. However, the part of the dental implant that makes the tooth look natural, the veneer, may need replacement around once every 10 years. Just as with any dental veneer, normal use will cause wear, but replacement can restore the appearance and functionality of the dental implant to 100 percent.

What is the Recovery Process After Dental Implants?

After dental implants, patients will typically need to eat a soft diet for at least several days. As the implants settle into place, the patient will soon be able to eat normally. Most people are able to return to their usual routines fairly quickly.