What are my options for dental implants?

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.