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What are my options for dental implants?

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dental implantsDental implants are the most effective, successful, and beneficial tooth replacement option. They help patients avoid the negative side effects associated with missing teeth and restore the mouth to its natural health, beauty, and function.

A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic issue, it’s a health issue as well. When a gap remains, the neighboring teeth begin to move into the empty space which leads to crowding and crooked teeth. This also makes it more difficult to clean your teeth which raises your risk of decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss. A missing tooth also promotes jawbone deterioration that causes facial sagging—this is especially noticeable when a person is missing more than one tooth.

Dental Implant Options

If you’re missing one or more teeth, these three types of dental implants are available to you:

Single Tooth Dental Implant

For patients that are missing one or two teeth, single tooth dental implants are the most logical and beneficial option. An implant replaces each missing tooth and a dental crown is secured to the top of the implant. This restores your entire smile to its full function and stimulates the jawbone so you can avoid atrophy.

All-On-4 Implants

Also called same-day dentures, All-On-4 dental implants provide full-arch restoration. As opposed to placing a single implant for each missing tooth, dentists are able to place four implants at special angles to maximize stability. A full denture is placed on the same day to provide immediate results.

The benefits of this unique approach include:

  • Superior stability
  • Less jawbone density required
  • Faster recovery time
  • Long-lasting results

To learn if you are a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants, schedule an initial consultation with us today.

Implant-Retained Devices

Without dental implants, dental bridges and dentures lack stability, longevity, strength, and natural-looking appearance. Replacing the tooth root is essential to gaining these benefits. Implant-retained devices support jawbone health and help your dentures and bridge last longer.

An implant-retained dental bridge is best for patients with one to three missing teeth in a row. To secure the bridge, the dentist inserts two dental implants where the outermost pontics are eventually placed. These support the additional crowns.

Implant-retained dentures are similar to the All-On-4 implant procedure, but instead of four implants, six implants are typically required. Compared to traditional dentures, this option looks, feels, and acts just like natural teeth.

Dental Implant Placement

To place the implant, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk, will make a small incision in your gums and insert the screw-like implant. With over 20 years of experience, you can trust Dr. Kelk to be gentle and precise! Finally, the dentist will stitch up the surgical site.

In the months following your surgery, a process called osseointegration takes place. This is when new bone cells surround the implant and fuse it to your jawbone. The implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone!

When the surgical site is healed, an abutment is placed on top of the implant and connects the implant to your crown. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and design your custom-made crown which will be ready in about two weeks.

Finally, your dentist will place the crown, and you can enjoy your fully functioning, beautiful smile!

Schedule an Initial Consultation

It’s difficult to know which dental implant option is best for you without the opinion of a dental professional. Our experienced and skilled dental team can help you make the most beneficial decision for your smile.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule an initial consultation.

Are dental implants safe?

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Patients sometimes come to us with questions as to how safe the placement of dental implants is.  Understanding the potential risks or side effects of implant surgery allows our patients to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with treatment.

After 50 years of successful implant placement in the U.S., this procedure is considered very safe, especially when performed by an experienced doctor.  Ocean View Dental Care is fortunate to offer the services of Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk. Dr. Kelk received very specialized training, having completed a 15-month fellowship in dental implant surgery. More importantly, she has over 20 years of experience in placing dental implants.

Dental Implant Success Rate

The National Institute of Health notes that, “Implant studies frequently report outcome rates exceeding 95 percent. Recent advancements in the field of dentistry have revolutionized the use of dental implants.” 

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. In fact, over 95% of all implants placed are still intact and healthy 10 years after placement. Once the titanium posts are surgically placed, the surrounding jawbone tissue integrates (fuses) in and around the threads of the implant fixture. This process is referred to as osseointegration and essentially makes the implant a functioning part of your jaw.

How will my doctor ensure that my implants are safely placed?

The most important step any patient can take is to work with a qualified and experienced doctor. Dr. Kelk has a long track record of safely placing implants, over 20 years!  Before your surgery is scheduled, Dr. Kelk will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. A thorough evaluation of your overall health and facial structures will be conducted. 

By screening for known risk factors, Dr. Kelk can ensure that you enjoy successful implant placement. Two leading risk factors for implant failure are tobacco use and jawbone atrophy. If you are found to be a less-than-ideal candidate, Dr. Kelk may be able to work with you to improve your candidacy through a variety of means.

Patients have an active role to play in ensuring that their implants remain healthy. After your implants are placed, you will enter into the integration phase which lasts three to six months. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and following your recovery guidelines are critical to ensuring that your implants successfully fuse with your jawbone.

Patients should abstain from using any tobacco products or engaging in activities that could result in an impact to the face. Once your implants have fully integrated, maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and check-ups can ensure that you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.      

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

Dental implants deliver life-changing benefits. To be able to smile with confidence and eat regular foods without any trouble is absolutely priceless. If you have one or more missing teeth or are dissatisfied with the performance of your traditional denture or partial denture, Dr. Kelk can place one or more dental implants to restore form and function to your smile. 

Dr. Kelk served as the Dental Board of California onsite examiner for conscious sedation for many years. She is currently part-time clinical faculty at the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC Dental School, where she trains future periodontists in surgical skills. 

To schedule your dental implant consultation with your San Clemente CA dentist, please contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.