If like 178 million Americans, you’re missing at least one adult tooth, you should consider dental implants as a replacement option.
At Rotary Way Oral Surgery in Vallejo, California, Jeffrey Graves, DDS, provides customized dental implants to restore your smile and protect your oral health.
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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that your surgeon places directly in your jaw.
They include a small titanium implant fixture that acts like a tooth root, a dental crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth, and an abutment that connects them.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Since the dental implants integrate with your jaw, with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
They look just like natural teeth, so no one will know that you have false teeth unless you tell them.
WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?
All-on-4 dental implants, that are also called hybrid dentures, consist of a full arch of artificial teeth. Your oral surgeon can secure these to your jaw with just four implanted posts.
If you need to replace multiple teeth, then hybrid dentures are a good option. They are a particularly good choice when replacing your full set of teeth.
It can take several months if your oral surgeon were to replace all your teeth with individual dental implants.
The procedure is significantly quicker with All-on-4 dental implants. In some cases, the surgeon can fit the teeth in a single day.
CAN ANYONE GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Your provider will likely accept you for the dental implants procedure if you are healthy enough to have a dental extraction or any other oral surgery. You must have healthy gums and sufficient bone density to hold the implant.
After dental implant surgery, you will be required to 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 HAPPENS DURING THE IMPLANTATION PROCESS?
Dr. Graves installs dental implants in several stages. During your initial consultation, he provides X-rays and bone scans to ensure that your jaw is strong enough to support dental implants.
If your jawbone has deteriorated or become weak, Dr. Graves offers bone grafting treatments to strengthen your jaw.
A bone graft is also likely when the implant placement is towards the back of the maxilla (upper jaw).
This location usually requires a bone graft because of the maxillary sinus. This is the name given to the pockets of air found in the bones of the face.
A small surgical procedure called a sinus lift can fix this. During this procedure, Dr. Graves will lift the sinus floor and graft bone into the sinus.
Your dental specialist also has at his disposal small-diameter implants, or mini implants, if your bone structure is not sufficient to support the metal implant post.
When Dr. Graves is satisfied that your jaw is strong enough to support the implants, he surgically places the artificial tooth roots in your jaw.
Then, you wait for the roots to bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which can take several months.
Once the implant is placed, Dr. Graves periodically checks your progress, and usually, your implant is solid within four months.
At this point, you will have an appointment for Dr. Graves to attach the abutment and prepare the gums surrounding the implant for the crown placement.
One week after your abutment is placed, you come back for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Graves checks your implant and gums then discharges you back to your regular dentist for crown placement.
Dr. Graves provides written instructions, panoramic X-rays, and the components they need to make the impression for the crown.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
After your dental implant, you need to avoid developing the condition called peri-implantitis.
This refers to inflammation of the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant. It is similar to periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth.
You can develop the condition either through excessive biting forces on the implant or through bacterial infection. You could lose your dental implant to peri-implantitis if it’s not treated.
To avoid this condition you need to keep the implant clean and keep your follow-up visits at the dental office. Simply continuing with regular tooth brushing and flossing will keep the dental implant clean.
At the dental office, the soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant will be examined. If you have harder calcified deposits around the implant site, they will be removed.
It’s also possible to have your bite alignment adjusted to protect the implant from heavy biting forces.
WHY SHOULD I GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Many dental specialists would recommend dental implant treatment as the best way to replace missing teeth.
The oral surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery in Vallejo, CA, give many good reasons why implant dentistry is better than both conventional replacements or not replacing the tooth at all.
Dental implants are made to appear like your natural teeth. In fact, unless you told someone, they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Teeth also support the skin on the face, preventing sagging.
Slurred words and mumbling often occur when you use a removable denture.
With a dental implant, the implant screw fits tightly on your jaw and won’t slip around like a removable denture will. This means you will have greater control of your speech.
When removable dentures slip around in the mouth, they become uncomfortable. On the other hand, once dental implants are in, they won’t move, offering greater comfort.
You can eat your favorite crispy or crunchy foods with confidence when you have been fitted with dental implants. Their strength is similar to your natural teeth.
Dental implants will give you a reason to smile with confidence because they look like real teeth. Your self-esteem will soar.
Improved Oral Health
When fitting a tooth-supported bridge, it’s sometimes required that your other teeth are reduced. Dental implants don’t require this.
Therefore, you will experience long-term benefits to your oral health as adjacent teeth are left intact. The dental implant will be made in a way that allows you to access adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Once your dental implants have been fitted, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth. That means no adhesives or difficult cleaning routines like you have with removable dentures.
Prevents Bone Loss
A missing tooth will cause your jawbone to weaken when it is not replaced.
Dental implants, though, fuse with the surrounding bone. This provides a stimulus to the bone that promotes strength and density.
If you think dental implants are the right tooth-replacement option for you, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery today, or schedule your appointment online.