At some point in their lives, most Americans will lose at least one permanent tooth.
But thanks to dental implant surgery, you can find a sturdy tooth replacement at California Oral Surgery in Stockton, CA.
Call the office today to schedule a dental implant consultation or book your appointment conveniently online.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone.
Because the small titanium post is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics, such as crowns and even dentures.
They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss.
WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?
All-on-4 dental implants, or hybrid dentures, as they are also known, consist of a full arch of replacement teeth. These are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.
The advantage of hybrid dentures can be seen when you have multiple teeth that need replacing, such as when replacing your full set of teeth.
Replacing individual missing teeth takes several months to complete. Whereas, All-on-4 dental implants are usually fitted by our surgeons in a single day.
CAN ANYONE GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
You are likely to be a good candidate for the dental implants procedure if you can undergo a routine dental extraction or any other oral surgery.
You must have healthy gums, and the bone density of your jawbone should be strong enough to hold the implant.
After the dental implant is fitted, it is expected that you will maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits.
If you smoke or suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area, then you will need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments at California Oral Surgery.
At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant.
Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the California Oral Surgery team in Stockton can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.
When the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth, a bone graft becomes even more likely.
This location usually requires a bone graft because of the maxillary sinus. The maxillary sinus refers to the pockets of air found in the bones of the face.
A small surgical procedure called a sinus lift can fix this by lifting the sinus floor and grafting bone into the sinus.
Your dental specialist may also decide to use small-diameter implants, or mini implants, if your bone structure is not sufficient to support the metal implant post.
At your next visit, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it. The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic, and sedation is offered if you choose.
It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your dental crown or dentures.
RECOVERY, FOLLOW-UP AND AFTERCARE
After your dental implant is fitted, you are at risk of developing the condition called peri-implantitis.
This refers to inflammation of the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant. This is similar to periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth.
The condition can develop either through excessive biting forces on the implant or through bacterial infection. Not treating this condition could lead you to lose your dental implant.
You can prevent this condition from developing by keeping the implant clean and keeping your follow-up visits at the dental office. You can keep your implant clean through regular tooth brushing and flossing, removing any food particles and plaque.
At the dental office, the soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant will be examined and harder calcified deposits will be removed from around the implant site.
If necessary, you can have your bite alignment adjusted to protect the implant from heavy biting forces.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Most dental specialists would confirm that dental implant treatment is the best tooth-replacement procedure available.
The oral surgeons at California Oral Surgery in Stockton, CA, highly recommend implant dentistry over both conventional replacements or not replacing the tooth at all.
The following reasons explain why:
Dental implants are made to look like your natural teeth, and many would not be able to tell the difference. Teeth also give structure to your face, helping you to maintain a more youthful look.
The implant screw forms a strong bond with your jaw and won’t slip around like a removable denture will. Therefore, they eliminate the causes of mumbling or slurring.
When removable dentures slip around in the mouth, they become uncomfortable. Dental implants won’t do that.
Dental implants allow you to eat all your favorite crispy or crunchy foods. This is because they are a similar strength to your natural teeth.
You will feel much more confident about your smile with dental implants because they look like real teeth. This will no doubt give a boost to your self-esteem.
Improved Oral Health
Sometimes when fitting a tooth-supported bridge, it requires that you reduce your other teeth. This is not necessary when fitting dental implants.
This will result in long-term benefits to your oral health as adjacent teeth are left intact. The dental implant is fit in a way that allows you to access adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Removable dentures need to be removed to be cleaned and require adhesives to fix them in place. Dental implants, though, are permanently fixed, and you will only need to care for them like your natural teeth.
Prevents Bone Loss
The jawbone below your missing tooth will weaken without replacing it. Dental implants, though, fuse with the surrounding bone, providing a stimulus that promotes bone growth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?
Dental implants have two very important components, the screw, and the crown.
The screw that fixes into your jawbone is made of titanium. Titanium has unique properties that make it ideal for dental implants. It is strong and fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
The crown is made of porcelain, a strong material that has the color of natural teeth.