Dental implants provide a stable base for a number of dental prosthetics, including crowns and dentures. These artificial tooth roots are surgically placed into your jawbone during an in-office procedure.
To see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call the Vallejo Oral Surgery office located in Vallejo, California, today, or book an appointment online.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that form a permanent bond with your jawbone. These replacement tooth roots are made from titanium.
The metal implant post provides a sturdy base for replacement teeth, such as dental crowns. They can be fitted to replace missing teeth or even one missing tooth.
The dental implant fits directly into the empty space left from your tooth loss.
WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?
All-on-4 dental implants, or as they are also known, hybrid dentures, consist of a full arch of artificial teeth. These are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.
Hybrid dentures are a good option if you have multiple teeth that need replacing, such as when replacing your full set of teeth.
This is because it can take several months to replace all your teeth with individual dental implants. On the other hand, our surgeons can usually place your All-on-4 dental implants in a single day.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implant treatment is regarded by most dental specialists to be the most beneficial tooth-replacement procedure.
The oral surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, CA, highlight several reasons to choose dental implants.
Some of these include:
Dental implants are made to replicate natural teeth. And because the implant screw integrates into the bone structure, it becomes permanent.
This means your teeth won’t move out of shape on your face. Also, they help provide a good structure to raise fallen skin from missing teeth.
Dental implants don’t move around in your mouth when you speak like a removable denture will. Therefore they eliminate the causes of mumbling or slurring that occurs with dentures.
The movement of removable dentures can be uncomfortable. Dental implants are fixed and, therefore, provide greater comfort.
Dental implants are strong like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat crispy or crunchy foods confidently.
Dental implants have the appearance of real teeth. You can smile with confidence, with nothing to hide.
Improved Oral Health
When fitting a tooth-supported bridge, it’s sometimes necessary to reduce other teeth.
That’s not the case with a dental implant. As adjacent teeth are unaffected, a dental implant will improve long-term oral health.
The dental implant will also permit easier access for floss between adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Most dental implants will last a lifetime as they are made from materials that are very hard-wearing.
Removable dentures require a lot of maintenance.
On the other hand, once dental implants are fit, they don’t need to be removed or require adhesives to hold them in place. You can continue to care for them just like your natural teeth.
Prevents Bone Loss
Missing teeth can cause the bone to weaken due to a lack of stimulation to the jawbone. Dental implants integrate with the surrounding bone, stimulating bone growth.
If dental implants seem like the right tooth-replacement strategy for you, call the Vallejo Oral Surgery office or book an appointment online.
HOW DO I GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
It takes a few months to complete the whole dental implant process. But because of the added benefits implants provide, it’s well worth the wait.
At your first appointment, your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider will take scans and X-rays and answer any questions you might have.
They will see if your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants. If necessary, the Vallejo Oral Surgery & Implantology team can perform a bone graft prior to the implant placement to help strengthen your jawbone.
The surgeon will often perform a bone graft when the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth.
There is usually an insufficient amount of bone there because of the maxillary sinus (air-filled space found in the bones of the face). A small surgical procedure called a sinus lift raises the sinus floor, and bone is grafted into the sinus.
It’s also possible for your dental specialist to use small-diameter implants, or mini implants, which require less support from the bone structure.
Next, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone. Your surgeon will drill into your bone, and after the implant is placed, stitch your surgical site shut.
It takes three to six months for your implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
Once your implant has fully stabilized, you’ll come back to the office for your prosthetic – usually a crown or dentures – to be screwed into place.
At this point, it becomes a permanent part of your smile and nobody will know you have a false tooth at all.
IS RECOVERY AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?
During your procedure, you won’t feel a thing. Your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider uses local anesthesia to eliminate pain and sedation to help you feel relaxed if you choose.
After your procedure, there might be a small amount of bleeding, so your surgeon will have you bite down on gauze until it stops.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you might feel a bit uncomfortable for a day or two.
Your surgeon can provide medication to help with the pain or suggest NSAID pain relievers to help with the swelling. Sometimes you are prescribed antibiotics to limit the chances of postoperative infection.
You’ll probably want to take the next day off from work or school, but within a day or two you will feel back to normal and pain will be limited. Within a few weeks, the procedure site will be completely healed.
RECOVERY, FOLLOW-UP, AND AFTERCARE
After surgery, the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant can become inflamed.
This is a condition called peri-implantitis. This is similar to periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth. The inflammation can be caused either by excessive biting forces on the implant or by infection.
It’s possible to lose your dental implant to peri-implantitis.
Diligent cleaning at home and follow-up visits at the dental office are necessary to avoid this condition. Simple regular tooth brushing and flossing will keep your implant clean by removing food particles and plaque. More tools are needed, however, to clean all-on-implants properly.
At the dental office, the oral surgeons will check the soft and hard tissues around the implant site and remove harder calcified deposits.
They may also adjust the bite alignment if the implant needs protecting from heavy biting forces.
Dental implants are a great option to provide stability for a crown or dentures. Call Vallejo Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online today.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?
Dental implants are made of three separate components.
The screw that fixes into your jawbone is made of titanium. It has been discovered that titanium has properties that make it possible for bone to fuse with it in a process called osseointegration.
The visible part of the dental implant is usually made of porcelain or another tooth-colored material.
The two pieces are joined with a piece called an abutment.
CAN YOU REPLACE ALL MY TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a good option even if you want to replace all of your teeth.
The surgery may not be as extensive as you may think.
Hybrid implants are a great option as you can have four implants inserted into your jawbone that will provide the base for either the entire upper or lower set of teeth.
Once the implants have been inserted, a bridge of crowns is placed on the implants, restoring natural teeth function.
ARE ALL DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES SUCCESSFUL?
Dental implant surgery is very successful.
Researchers have gathered information over the last 30 years to find the success rate. They discovered that 95% of dental implants have been successful.
This is largely due to the materials used in the implant.
The titanium posts used have unique properties that make it very compatible with our bodies. Therefore, the body does not reject dental implants in the same way that it might reject other types of implants, such as a lung or a kidney.