Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent prosthetic option to replace missing teeth. 

The team at Pinole Oral Surgery in Pinole, California, provides natural-looking dental implants to restore your smile and support healthy bone development in your jaw. 

Call or schedule an appointment online today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Oral surgeons have been using dental implants to replace missing adult teeth for over 30 years. 

An implant includes a titanium post that your oral surgeon places in your jaw, a dental crown that’s custom-made to match your remaining natural teeth, and an abutment that attaches the two pieces. 

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?

All-on-4 dental implants are also known as hybrid dentures. They consist of a full arch of artificial teeth that are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.

You will likely be recommended hybrid dentures if you are replacing your full set of teeth

This is because it is a much quicker process to replace missing teeth with hybrid dentures than replacing each tooth individually. 

In some circumstances, our surgeons can usually place your All-on-4 dental implants in a single day.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implant treatment is considered the ultimate tooth-replacement procedure by many dental specialists. 

The oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery in Pinole, CA, highlight several reasons to choose dental implants. 

These include:

Improved Appearance

Teeth provide structure for your face. So replacing missing teeth with dental implants will restore your natural look. Also, dental implants are made to look like natural teeth.

Improved Speech

Dental implants won’t slip when you speak as a removable denture will. The implant screw integrates into the bone structure, eliminating the causes of mumbling or slurring that occurs with dentures.

Improved Comfort

Even the tiniest of movements from removable dentures can be uncomfortable. Dental implants don’t move and, therefore, provide greater comfort.

Confidence Eating

You won’t be limited to soft foods with dental implants. Since their strength is comparable to your natural teeth, you can eat crispy or crunchy foods confidently.

Improved Self-Esteem

You won’t feel like hiding your smile with dental implants. The beautiful appearance of real teeth will send your self-esteem skyrocketing.

Improved Oral Health

Dental implants don’t require damage, reducing to other teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. 

The adjacent teeth are left as they are, resulting in improved long-term oral health. 

The dental implant will be made to fit between your adjacent teeth, leaving enough space to floss, which will allow you to care for your oral hygiene.

Durability

Most dental implants, when cared for properly, will last a lifetime.

Convenience

Dental implants require very little maintenance. This is in stark contrast to other replacement teeth options, such as removable dentures.  In fact, you can just care for them in the same way as your natural teeth.

Prevents Bone Loss

A missing tooth can reduce the stimulation the jawbone receives, resulting in bone loss. Because dental implants integrate with the surrounding bone, they stimulate bone growth.

If dental implant surgery seems like the right tooth-replacement strategy for you, call the Pinole Oral Surgery office or book an appointment online.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS OF GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?

There are several stages in the dental implant process. 

Your first step is a consultation and exam. Your surgeon takes X-rays to ensure your jaw is strong enough to support a dental implant. 

If necessary, they can provide a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone. 

If the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth, then a bone graft becomes more likely. This is because of the location of the maxillary sinus, which refers to the air-filled space found in the bones of the face. 

Your oral surgeon can perform a small surgical procedure called a sinus lift to raise the sinus floor, and then bone is grafted into the sinus.

It’s also possible for your dental specialist to use small-diameter implants or mini-implants. These require less support from the bone structure.

When your surgeon is satisfied that your jaw can support implants, they begin the implantation process. 

Your surgeon implants the titanium posts into your jaw during an outpatient procedure. Then, you wait for your implants to bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration

After approximately six months, you have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check your implants and apply the abutment. At this point, your surgeon refers you back to your regular dentist for your dental crown fitting.

IS RECOVERY AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?

You can be sure that you won’t feel a thing through the implant stage of surgery. A local anesthetic will be used to block the pain, and sedation can be used to help you feel relaxed through the entire procedure. 

After the surgery, there may be some residual bleeding that can be taken care of by biting down on a gauze. This will help control the bleeding and encourage a clot to form, which will protect the area. 

After the anesthetic has worn off, your mouth may feel tender for a day or two

You may receive pain medication from your surgeon, or perhaps your surgeon will suggest NSAID pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, to control the pain and swelling. 

Antibiotics may also be prescribed in some cases. This will help limit any possibilities of the surgical site getting infected. 

During recovery, you will need to protect the blood clot from becoming dislodged so that bleeding doesn’t start again. Avoid heavy rinsing of the mouth. Also, try to eat soft foods until your mouth is feeling better.

You may want to take a day or two off work or school to recover. But after that, you should feel back to normal, and the pain should have subsided. 

After a few weeks, the surgical site should have completely healed.

FOLLOW-UP AND AFTERCARE

To care for your dental implant, you will need to protect the gum tissue and surrounding bone from peri-implantitis

Peri-implantitis refers to inflammation around the implant. It is much like periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth. 

The area can become inflamed either through excessive biting forces on the implant or through bacterial infection. You could lose your dental implant to peri-implantitis if it is not treated.

At home, you can care for your implant by brushing your teeth and flossing. This will remove food particles and plaque, keeping your implant clean.

At the dental office, the implant site will be examined and harder calcified deposits will be removed.

If necessary, the bite alignment can be adjusted. This can relieve the implant from heavy biting forces.

FAQ

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?

The structural support of the dental implant is made of titanium. This material has unique properties that allow it to bond with the bone. 

The crown is usually made of porcelain.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN DENTAL IMPLANTS, CALL PINOLE ORAL SURGERY OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE TODAY.

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Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD

With more than two decades of experience, Harvard-educated Dr. Clayman provides a combination of clinical expertise and patient-focused care, ensuring excellent patient outcomes.

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