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Dental Implants

What is Dental Implant?

Dental Implants service in palos verdesDental implants are changing the way people live and are one of the most important advances in modern dentistry. Implant dentistry is an excellent alternative to partials or complete dentures. Dental implants provide the comfort, appearance, and function of natural teeth.

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone and serves as a root substitute for a tooth. During a four to six month healing period, the jawbone fuses to the implant and anchors it in the mouth. These anchors provide a strong foundation for replacing single or multiple teeth. Once the appropriate healing time has transpired, one of our doctors creates a customized prosthetic tooth for each implant. They then place each prosthetic tooth on each implant restoring tooth function and creating a natural-looking tooth.

Most dental implant patients experience little or no disruptions to everyday life.

 

The benefits of Dental Implants

  • The loss of teeth can affect the function of chewing and eating. Dental implants will allow you to chew your food the same way you did when you had natural teeth.
  • Dental implants will maintain your facial appearance by helping to prevent sunken cheeks.
  • Adjacent teeth can be affected by the gap left due to a missing tooth since it will lead to the shifting of teeth and thereby making the mal-aligned teeth more vulnerable to fracture and cracking.
  • Dental implants do not require preparation (grinding down) of adjacent natural teeth on each side of the gap.
  • Dental implants help in maintaining the bone level in and around implant site.
  • They also prevent gum recession around the implant site.
  • Implants supported dentures (either removable or fixed) are more secure and reliable as you do not require any messy adhesives to retain the dentures.
  • Immediate dental implant techniques can allow the placing of the implant on the same day as the extraction of decayed teeth.
  • Dental implants look and feel like real teeth!

 

Can anyone get a Dental Implant placed?

  • Potential implant candidates should have overall good oral hygiene maintenance.
  • Presence of diabetes or any other systemic medication taken by patient does not necessarily rule out the dental implant treatment, as long as the condition is under control and does not lead to any type of dental surgery risk.
  • The patient should have sufficient dense jaw bone present; if not then an artificial bone graft is to be placed at the potential surgical site.
  • Patients should be free from any kind of periodontal disease.
  • Dental implant candidates should not smoke.  If they do, they should be willing to give up smoking, especially during the Osseointegration period (when the implants are fusing with the jawbone)
  • The patient should be in good overall general health and motivated to commit to healthy lifestyle habits, a good oral hygiene regimen, and routine post-surgical visits to the dentist.

 

Dental implants are not recommended if:

  • There is presence of certain medical conditions that may create serious postoperative complications during surgery, such as heart disease.
  • The patient is currently undergoing any treatment for cancer or certain bone diseases.
  • The patient is undergoing any immunosuppressive therapy for any organ transplant.
  • Dental implant procedures are not recommended for children since their jawbones have not yet fully developed.

 

Special cases for Dental Implant Treatment

Some patients may require some preparatory procedures before we can place implants. For example, if patient has deficient jawbone, they may require a bone graft to enhance the patient’s jawbone to create a strong base for their implant placement. Bone grafting will affect their implant timeline. It can take 6 to 9 months for bone to heal properly.

If bone grafting is not feasible, then patients can receive mini dental implants which are thinner in diameter than conventional dental implants. Due to their smaller size and shape, they can be placed in a smaller amount of bone.

It usually takes about 4 to 6 months for bone and gums to fuse around the dental implant in a process known as Osseointegration.

During the recovery phase, the patient will have several appointments with the dentist to assess the overall healing of the surgical site.

In the meantime, the dental lab will fabricate customized restorations which should be ready for placement as soon as site is completely healed.

 

Tips for post surgical care and Orgal Hygiene

  1. Usually any discomfort should subside within the first 24 to 48 hours.
  2. You can speed your healing with pain medication and moist heat.
  3. You should eat a soft diet for the first several days and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  4. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle strokes to avoid opening up the dental sutures.
  5. Use a special mouthwash to help eliminate oral bacteria.
  6. You should also rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day.
  7. Once the gums have fully healed, patient has to take care for their  implants just like they care for their natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once.
  8. Special brushes and dental floss can help clean the hard-to-reach sides of implant restorations.
  9. Patients should also schedule routine dental exams and cleanings.

With proper aftercare and hygiene, your dental implants could last the rest of your life!

 

Questions one should ask before considering Implants:

 

How do I know I need them, or will it work for me?

  • DENTAL CONDITION OR CONCERN…MISSING TEETH, ABOUT TO LOSE TEETH
  • HEALTH, HABITS, DENTAL HISTORY (WHY TEETH WERE LOST)
  • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: (CAT SCAN)

 

Do they last and look/feel like real teeth?

  • 25 YEAR HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN OUR OFFICE
  • IMPROVEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND COSMETICS

 

How much do they cost and how many do I need?

  • DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION (GRAFTS, SINUS LIFTS, IMMEDIATE VS WAITING)

 

What can go wrong?

  • PERSONAL RISK FACTORS (SMOKING, DIABETIC, HYGIENE, BONE AVAILABLE)
  • SKILL FACTORS (SURGEON AND RESTORING DENTIST)

 

What are the benefits?

  • PREDICTABLE, LONGEVITY, COMFORT, COSMETICS, REUSABLE
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