San Ramon Dental Excellence
General Family Dentistry & Anti-Aging Dentistry located in San Ramon, CA
Dental implants offer an effective and long-lasting tooth replacement option if you’re missing one or more permanent teeth. What’s more, with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, dental implants can last a lifetime. The team at San Ramon Dental Excellence offers both traditional and All-on-4® dental implants at their offices in San Ramon, California. To learn more about implants, schedule a consultation by calling the office or requesting one online today.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are widely touted as the gold standard when replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that act just like your natural tooth roots. Titanium is a durable metal that’s well-tolerated by your body.
During a quick, outpatient procedure, your San Ramon Dental Excellence provider can place dental implants in your jawbone.
Following the implantation procedure, your bone grows around each implant – a process called osseointegration – providing a firm, supportive foundation for a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Compared to traditional oral prosthetics, dental implants provide many benefits. These benefits include:
- They don’t slip around
- They make it easier to chew and speak
- You’re less likely to experience receding gums
- You’re likely to experience bone deterioration
Dental implants can also improve your oral health and your self-esteem, restoring your smile to a healthy, near-original condition.
What is the treatment process for getting dental implants?
At San Ramon Dental Excellence, getting dental implants begins with a thorough in-office consultation. During this appointment, the team assesses your dental health to determine if you’re a candidate for implants. You need to have disease-free gums and sufficient bone volume. If not, your provider may recommend a bone grafting procedure before proceeding with treatment.
Next, the team takes digital impressions of your teeth and gums and uploads them into a software program. The program assists the team with accurate implant planning and placement. After developing an individualized treatment plan, your provider administers local anesthesia and places a series of implants into your gums.
If you’re missing one tooth, you’ll only receive one implant. If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you’ll likely receive four implants with the All-on-4® system.
Following the procedure, the team attaches a temporary prosthesis to your implants, and you return home while your mouth heals.
Once your mouth heals, you return to the San Ramon Dental Excellence office. The team conducts an exam and takes digital impressions of your gums and remaining teeth.
They send your impressions to a lab that manufactures your permanent crown, fixed-bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Several weeks later, you return to the office. At your third and final appointment, the team attaches your permanent prosthesis to your implants, and you can enjoy your beautiful, functional set of teeth.
How do I keep my dental implants in great shape?
To maintain your dental implants, you need to brush and floss daily. You should also visit San Ramon Dental Excellence every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
If you have missing teeth and would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, call San Ramon Dental Excellence or request an appointment online today.
For some patients, there may be insufficient bone in the upper jaw to place implants. A bone graft may be necessary to generate new bone for a dental implant. This procedure is knows as a "sinus lift" or "sinus augmentation
What is a sinus?
A sinus is a normal hollow cavity in the skull. The sinus related to implant therapy is the maxillary sinus, which is located in the back of the upper jaw behind your cheeks and above the roots of your teeth.
Why would I need a sinus lift?
When the upper teeth are lost, there may be a limited amount of bone between the sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need adequate bone to be successful. To obtain adequate bone levels, a sinus lift may be necessary to ensure implant success.
Are there different types of sinus lift procedures?
Yes, there are two different sinus lift procedure.
Most commonly is a "vertical sinus lift" or "internal sinus lift". In this approach, a small opening in the bone is prepared and the sinus is pushed upward, i.e. vertically. The space is filled with a bone graft followed by a dental implant. After a period of approximately four month of healing, the dental implant can be used to stabilize a replacement tooth.
A "lateral sinus lift" or "window sinus lift" is performed when there is insufficient bone to stabilize a dental implant. A small hole in the jawbone is made to then "lift" the sinus and place a bone graft. Since this requires the growth of additional new bone, a waiting period of roughly nine months occurs prior to implant placement. In these cases, a sinus graft makes it possible for patients to have dental implants.
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