Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a natural looking replacement for teeth. In addition, implants restore functionality to the jaw, making speaking, eating and chewing easier. Implants help preserve your appearance both in tooth form and bone quantity. Implants are comprised of a screw that is embedded into the bone to which the prosthesis is attached.

Dental implants are artificial roots or a biomedical screws made of titanium that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

When a tooth is lost often their are consequences that are seen in the mouth. They are not limited to but can include aesthetic, alveolar bone loss, decrease in chewing efficiency, collapse of the bite, speech impairment, and unwanted movement of adjacent teeth.

There are three basic ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth, including a fixed dental bridge, dentures both partial and complete, and dental implants.

There are a wide variety of dental implants in the marketplace, but endosseous implants or root form implants have an almost unparalleled success rate. Almost 98% of modern dental implants are fitted successfully and last for a lifetime. Important factors that are often missed is the key of reverse engineering of the implant from the root tip to the cusp tip to handle the forces that will be placed on the loaded restored implant. Sacramento Comprehensive Family Dentistry is involved in every stage of the dental implant so the restoration driven treatment plan can be delivered. We actually help maintain the implant after its been placed so we can monitor and further guarantee the longevity of your dental implant. Be warned implants are not a one time fix and require regular maintenance having implants placed by offices that do not provide avenues or knowledge of maintenance is not recommended and decreases the outcome.

Reasons for dental implants:

    Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
    Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
    Restore a patient’s confident smile.
    Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
    Restore or enhance facial tissues.
    Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Here are some of the other benefits associated with modern dental implants:

    Better oral health
    Higher success rate
    Improved self-esteem
    Long-lasting results
    Multiple implants can be placed during a visit
    Natural-looking implants
    No adhesives or mess
    Prevention of bone loss and gum recession
    Sturdy, functional prosthetic teeth
    Longevity of the implant does not depend on health of adjacent teeth

How are dental implants placed?

The procedure for placing dental implants is similar to many other implant procedures. First the treatment is properly planned from a diagnosis. The dental implant is usually performed in two short visits, the first visit being typically an hour in length and the second taking around thirty minutes. The final restoration can often be delivered on the third appointment.

The stages of dental implant placement vary widely dependent on a few key factors; systemic medical conditions, amount of bone, density of bone, implant sight requiring bone or soft tissue augmentation, and initial stability of the implant achieved during implant placement. Implant placement and restoration can follow protocols including but not limited to immediate placement, delayed placement, immediate loading, and delayed loading. Sacramento Comprehensive Family Dentistry considers each patients case, expectations, risk, and reward to chose a protocol that will serve you the best.

Here is a typical step-by-step process for the first stage of a dental implant placement:

    An incision will be made in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone.
    A tiny hole will be drilled into the jawbone to insert the implant into.
    The implant will be screwed into the designated position.
    A small temporary cap is placed to cover the implant, and the site is sutured closed.
    After approximately 3 months the implant is restored with an amazing tooth like restoration

When the healing process is complete, the new dental prosthesis (usually a crown) will be created from bite impressions. A tiny screw will be used to secure the prosthesis onto the abutment. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure the prosthesis is comfortable, and appropriately loaded.

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. Although the procedure is time consuming and more costly than other procedures it is the most advanced and successful form of restorative dentistry.

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear on the crown portion of the dental implant

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

If you have any questions about dental implants, please contact us.