Dental Implants

Heritage Dental

Jacob T. Ming, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Hayward, CA & San Francisco, CA

A great smile can mean the difference in how you feel about yourself from the inside out. Jacob Ming, DDS, at Heritage Dental makes dental implants for men and women of all ages. Located in Hayward, California, Heritage Dental's exceptional team can replace severely damaged or missing teeth so you can enjoy your best smile. If you're ready to learn more, book an appointment online or call for a consultation today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

For many adults, having dental implants is the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your own teeth due to an illness, a traumatic accident, or tooth decay, it can negatively impact your self-esteem. You might also avoid smiling, or eating foods you used to love. Dental implants are strong, stable teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

A dental implant is a metal post, often made out of titanium, that a dentist surgically implants into your upper or lower jawbone. A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root. Your mouth will need a few weeks to heal after the post is in place. Once your mouth has fully recovered, your dentist will mount the replacement tooth on the post. The replacement tooth is called a crown.

Because the implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide firm support for artificial teeth and don't shift around the mouth like some removable dentures.

These metal posts also help bridges, dentures, and crowns stay firmly affixed to your jaw.

Why do some patients love dental implants?

There are many benefits to dental implants. In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants provide the following benefits:

  • Last longer than other restorative procedures
  • Offer a cost-effective solution for replacing a missing tooth
  • Help maintain your natural smile and face shape
  • Preserve your healthy jawbone
  • Help maintain the integrity of surrounding natural teeth
  • Improve speech by allowing you to talk without worry
  • Don't fall out of your mouth
  • Are durable and strong for eating your favorite foods
  • Aren't wide open to cavities with an implanted crown
  • Offer a proven, predictable outcome for tooth repair

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you’re missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth, you could be a great dental implant candidate. Your jaw needs to be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. Dental implants are an excellent solution for adults, not children.

You could also be a great implant candidate if you're irritated by dentures that slip, or if it's time to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Men or women looking for a more permanent, long-term solution to dental work may be good candidates for implants. Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Meet with Dr. Ming to ask questions and learn more about your options.

Schedule your consultation online or call Heritage Dental today. A confident new smile could be just around the corner for you.