Oral Surgery & Implants
Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.
Why choose implants?
- Dental implants look very natural.
- A tooth implant provides a permanent solution.
- People with dental implants eat and speak without worry.
- Tooth implant surgery stops bone loss.
- Implants can replace one tooth or several teeth.
Dental implants solve the many problems patients typically experience when wearing traditional dental appliances. Because implants are permanent, they never slip or make embarrassing noise the way dentures can. That is because natural looking dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw to completely integrate with the bone for a tight, lasting fit. With dental implants, eating and speaking is never an issue and when you smile, nobody will know the difference!
In the past, the best way to replace a missing tooth was with a bridge. Unfortunately, bridges cause damage to the adjacent teeth on either side of the edentulous (missing tooth) area, and may cause problems with those good teeth in the future. Implantsare a way to maintain the healthy teeth you already have.
They even provide important therapeutic benefits that other appliances cannot, including the protection of your jaw bone and facial structure. Bone loss is a serious and progressive condition that happens once the teeth are lost because it loses the daily stimulation it needs to survive. Dentures only add to the problem because they rest on the gums, but dental implants are designed to mimic natural tooth roots to keep bone density levels healthy and stable.
Receiving a bone graft in Santa Ana, CA with Dr. Jerry Kronquist and Dr. Amanda Rae Kronquist is sometimes required before implant surgery or at the same time as implant placement to increase bone density and provide the necessary support a dental implant needs to succeed.
Loss of posterior teeth may result in excessive forces being placed on your remaining teeth. Fortunately, the use of dental implants and crowns allow you to replace these missing teeth. However, the position of the sinus in the upper posterior areas may be too low for proper placement of dental implants. When teeth are missing for lengthy periods of time, the sinus pneumatizes (droops down), causing less bone available for implants.
A simple procedure allows the sinus floor to be repositioned, creating enough space to properly place an implant. Various grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow more quickly into the area, helping to stabilize the dental implant. Replace with your own bone in this area the grafting material as it grows into the area.
Under certain conditions, an even simpler procedure can be utilized. When possible, the bone remaining under the sinus floor is gently pushed up, thus lifting the floor of the dropped sinus. Bone replacement materials are then placed beneath this lifted bone. Once again the bone materials are replaced as your body grows new bone into this area.
DID YOU KNOW…
that approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws? But more and more dental patients are opting for dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people currently have dental implants – a number that is rapidly growing by about 500,000 per year. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950’s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?
You may qualify for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth and are in relatively good overall health. The only way of determining your eligibility for implants is to consult with our dental teamto identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF MY DENTIST AND I DECIDE DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?
The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 4-6, and sometimes 9, months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure during which a titanium rod is placed where a previous natural tooth root once was. The gums are sutured shut over the implant, where is will stay for several months while it heals and begins fusing with the surrounding bone. Due to the nature of implant placement, you will be anesthetized for the duration of the treatment. At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.
WHAT TYPE OF POST-TREATMENT CARE WILL I REQUIRE?
It is normal to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling following a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain may be managed with over-the-counter medications. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals.