Dental Implants

William M. Schneider, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

William M. Schneider, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

Dental implants are the treatment of choice for close to 15 million Americans struggling with missing teeth, tooth decay, or imperfections. William M. Schneider, DDS, in Walnut Creek, Northern California, has over 25 years of experience delivering high-quality dental implants for men and women seeking to restore their chewing abilities and perfect their smile. Get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online to learn more about what implants can do for you.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants refer to titanium posts surgically inserted into your jawbone that serve as buttresses for prosthetic teeth.

The reason why titanium is the material of choice for dental implants is that your mouth doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign object, making it easy for your jawbone to assimilate them.

Dr. Schneider uses dental implants to replace teeth that have suffered from decay, disease, or a traumatic injury. In most cases, these issues can significantly impact your chewing ability and put a damper on your self-esteem. Implants make your teeth healthy, durable, and aesthetically sound.

Otherwise called a crown, the prosthetic tooth portion of the implant rests on the metal posts without requiring the assistance of, and potentially damaging, neighboring teeth. These crowns function as your natural teeth would and seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth.  

When should you consider dental implants?

Dr. Schneider recommends dental implants if you experience any of the following:

  • An acute toothache
  • Tooth instability
  • Gum swelling
  • Lingering tooth pain

With over two decades of experience, Dr. Schneider can help you determine whether placing dental implants is the right course of action to restore your dental health.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent solutions to resolving any imperfections and damage. They’re a cost-effective way to take care of gaps in your tooth and retain your natural face shape and smile.

Also, because implants involve prosthetic teeth, they’re not susceptible to cavities or other kinds of decay.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed through a minor surgical procedure. Using local anesthesia, Dr. Schneider makes an incision in the affected area to remove the damaged tooth and place the metal posts.

Once the metal posts have been placed, you’ll need to allow for your mouth to heal and for your jawbone to successfully assimilate them. Dr. Schneider tracks your healing period to make sure there are no complications with the titanium alloy.

This takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. During this time, Dr. Schneider places a temporary crown in the treatment area to protect the treatment site.

From there, he places the prosthetic tooth, or the crown, onto the affected area. This crown is permanent and fixed with cement.

Dental implants are one of the most popular ways of getting rid of unwanted pain and imperfections. Go online or call the office today to book an initial consultation with Dr. Schneider.