Dental ImplantsSanta Clara, CA
If you need an effective tooth replacement option, then dental implants may be the solution for you. By replacing any missing or damaged teeth, we can help patients prevent other oral health issues from the gaps of missing teeth. Dental implants are commonly recommended when someone has lost one or more teeth due to injury or disease.
Dental implants can help patients achieve a set of natural-looking and fully-functional teeth. We can customize the treatment to each patient's individual needs, so the implant fits appropriately. They preserve and strengthen bone structure while ensuring efficient chewing function and a confident smile. Dr. Christina Minah Pak, DDS is a cosmetic dentist who can help restore your smile with dental implants.
Call us at 408-244-0590 to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental implants today.
Dental Implants: An Overview
A dental implant is simply a lasting solution for a missing tooth or teeth. The implant restoration comprises titanium metal that acts as a replacement for the root of the lost tooth. After inserting the implant, the jawbone will integrate with the implant in a process called osseointegration. The process is what makes dental implants stable, and why it remains the dental restoration with the highest success rate.
An abutment fits over the head of the implant to connect the artificial tooth. The artificial dental prosthesis could be a crown, bridge, or denture, and is custom-made to fit the patient's mouth. The final restoration functions, feels, and looks like natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants, including:
- The final restoration is more natural and comfortable
- Improved chewing function
- Implants have a high success rate
- Less risk of cavities in nearby teeth
- Better bone health
- Restores self-esteem and confidence
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant procedure typically involves the following steps. First, the dentist will examine the oral cavity, including x-rays or 3D images, before discussing the treatment options. If the patient is eligible for the implants, they will develop a treatment plan.
Dr. Christina Minah Pak, DDS will place the implant in the area where the tooth is missing. We will ensure it is a proper fit that blends in with the surrounding teeth. The dentist will administer local anesthetic or sedation options to keep the patient comfortable. After inserting the implant, the dentist will suture the gum tissue over it to conclude the process.
Following the Procedure
For some months after the implant surgery, the implant and the jawbone will fuse to create a stable and robust foundation for the replacement teeth. Patients can continue with their lives during the process. In the first few weeks after getting implants, it is advisable to stick to soft foods to ensure proper healing. Sometimes, the patient may get a temporary restoration from the dentist.
After the implant integration is complete, the dentist will place a connection mechanism called the abutment over the dental implant. This links the custom dental restoration to the implant. The abutment may be placed during implant surgery as well.
After the gums heal, the dentist will create an impression of the teeth to produce the custom dental restoration. This could be a single crown, bridge, or dentures if multiple teeth are lost. The dental restoration requires the same care and maintenance routines as the natural teeth.
Dental Implant Options
Dental implant surgery takes different forms, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The number of lost teeth
- The location of lost teeth
- The quality and quantity of the jawbone around the implant site
- The oral and general health of the patient
Based on these factors, the dentist may recommend one of the procedures listed below.
Autogenous Bone Graft
If the jawbone quality and quantity is inadequate, the dentist may recommend a bone graft. Autogenous bone graft entails taking bone from another part of the oral cavity and transferred to where there is deficient bone. There is an excellent fusion rate and has minimal risk of rejection since the graft material is coming from the patient's body. Bone graft procedures augment the density of the jawbone so it can hold dental implants.
All-on-4 dental implants are a complete set of implants created to replace an entire row of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. They are a more stable and natural-looking alternative to dentures. With All-on-4, the dentist will insert four titanium posts in strategic areas along the jaw to serve as anchors for the dentures. The final prosthesis (implant denture) is fixed to the implants permanently and fits perfectly in the mouth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is a dental solution for restoring the function of the smile. The procedure is a good choice for patients with missing teeth and bone loss. After the initial consultation, the dentist will develop a custom treatment that fits the patient's needs.
They will review the plan with the patient and work toward creating a new set of functional teeth after treatment. Dental implants are an essential part of the full mouth reconstruction process.
Call Us Today
Dental implants are metal posts embedded in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They are highly effective and term to last for several decades. If you have missing teeth, talk to your dentist to know if you are eligible for dental implants.
Call us at 408-244-0590 to schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn if dental implants are right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants long-lasting?
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not prone to oral diseases such as tooth decay. However, gum health is crucial to the success of the implant restoration. Patients must practice good oral hygiene at home and visit the dentist for regular checkups to ensure the durability of the implants. Other factors, such as the dentist, treatment plan, and medical history, can also contribute to the success of the treatment.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Post-operative discomfort is like any dental surgery. Most patients find the procedure easy to tolerate. If bruising, pain, swelling, or minor bleeding occur, it will disappear after some days. Patients can take over-the-counter pain medications to manage pain.
Who is eligible for a dental implant procedure?
Anyone who has lost one, several, or all their teeth can consider dental implants. However, the conditions of eligibility lie in bone's health. Since the implant has to integrate with the bone, the patient must have healthy and quality jawbone to get implants.
Can the body reject a dental implant?
There is no risk of rejection because the implant is not a living material. The titanium used is biocompatible, and instances of allergies are rare. However, integration with the bone may fail if infection occurs or if the implants shift due to excessive biting force. We will help do everything in our power to ensure the success of the dental implants.
How long does the process take?
Sometimes, the temporary teeth can be placed immediately after placing the implants. In other cases, the bone will need to heal before the final restoration is placed. The process can take three months for the lower jaw and six months for the upper jaw. Every patient is unique, and healing times may differ.
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