Restore you Smile with Dental Implants in Vista, California
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a foundation for new replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. After tooth loss, a person with a dental implant regains the ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence without the embarrassment and fear of removable dentures slipping.
Implants consist of tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The surrounding bone bonds with the titanium post, creating a solid foundation for new artificial teeth. Dental implants help preserve facial structure and prevent the bone from deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are by far the best long-term solution for missing teeth. Today, dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth and change the way people live! Many have rediscovered the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life again.
What is the Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants are tiny metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Small posts called an abutment are then attached to the implant, which sits right at the gum line. These posts provide stability for new replacement teeth.
The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, local anesthesia is administered, then the implants are placed within your jawbone through a small incision.
Once set, the Drs. Quang Le or Vinh Le will close the gums over the implant and send you home to heal. During this time, you will be given temporary dentures to wear, pain medication, and a diet of soft foods. Read more here.
For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
At the same time, Drs. Quang Le or Vinh Le can start making your new teeth by first taking an impression. Your restorative final bridgework or denture will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics and match your natural tooth color perfectly.
After the implant has bonded to the bone, the second phase commences. The dentist will uncover the implants and attach an abutment. The abutment is connected to the implant post with an opposite attachment where the replacement teeth will be connected. The entire implant procedure takes six to eight months in general. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Are Dental Implants right for me?
Do you have one or even multiple teeth that need replacing? Have you considered dentures – even though you know they’re uncomfortable, difficult to care for and have a tendency to slip around in your mouth? Maybe you have just heard about dental implants, but you’re just not sure if they’re the right option for you.
To qualify for dental implants treatment, good oral hygiene and overall health are a must to undergo the surgical procedure. Periodontal disease and gum recession can limit the success of implants, leading to implant failure. For more information, read here.
Patients with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or other problems that may affect their ability to heal may not be able to receive implants. Senior patients who are not strong enough to undergo surgery may benefit from more traditional restorative solutions.
If your jaw is shallow, you may not be able to accommodate traditional implants. A strong jaw with an ample amount of bone is required to support dental implants. However, you can sometimes supplement the jaw with simple bone grafting procedures. The grafting process sounds intimidating to some patients, but it is a relatively simple, pain-free procedure.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is a good option for you, we ask that you undergo an examination and oral health history in our dental office. As in any dental treatment procedure, a thorough patient assessment is a prerequisite for treatment planning.
During these consultation visits, your specific wants and needs are addressed by either Drs. Quang Le or Vinh Le or by a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon referred by Santa Fe Dental Group.
Your questions and concerns are important to us and fundamental for creating the smile of your dreams. Our team will work with you very closely to develop a treatment plan and help make your procedure a success.
If you would like more information on how to restore your smile, visit us at Santa Fe Dental Group, your best option for dental implants in Vista, CA, and surrounding areas. Contact us here, or call 760-732-5878.