Everything you need to know about dental implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

Fax: (949) 481-2544

email: dr@oceansightdental.com

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What are dental implants?

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    Missing 3 front teeth.

Dental implants mimic your natural teeth structure and fully replace your missing tooth which an artificial tooth. Placing dental implants is widely considered the best way to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants allow you to replace an entire missing tooth with a permanent dental prosthesis. Each dental implant consists of three major parts which are the implant fixture, abutment and implant crown.

Implant fixture or implant post

Implant fixture, or implant post, is the screw which is inserted into your jaw bone. The implant post mimics your tooth root and acts to support the actual crown of your tooth. Implant fixtures are typically made from Titanium alloy which is light-weight and bio-compatible. In fact, this is the same material which is used for fabricating knee and hip replacement implants. More recently, zirconia dental implants have been introduced as well. Zirconia dental implants are a good option for people who are allergic to metals or suffer from autoimmune conditions which favors the use of zirconia over traditional metals.

Implant crown

Implant crown is the part which replaces your missing tooth. An implant crown is no really no different from any other crown which you may have in your mouth. There are two types of implant crowns known as cement retained crowns and screw retained crowns. Cement retained crowns are glued onto the implant abutment and are more cosmetically appealing. Screw-retained crowns have a small access which allows your dentist to insert or remove the crown. These types of crowns are better for back teeth and cases with limited spacing. Your dentist will determine which type of implant crown is most suited to your needs.

Implant abutment

Abutment is the intermediate part which connects the implant fixture to crown. Abutments come in many different types and styles. For instance, they can be made from metal, gold or ceramic depending on what best suits your situation. Abutments come as straight or angled, custom or standard, temporary or permanent. Temporary abutments are used for temporary providing you with a tooth until your implant heals and it’s time for the permanent crown. As you can see, this can get a bit complicated. Your dentist will let you know if there is a specific type of abutment which you need.

If you have more questions about dental implant and want to know ir you are a candidate for dental implants, we encourage you to call (949) 481-2540 to schedule a consultation at our San Clemente, CA dental office. Dr. Jazayeri will perform an implant consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. We value each and everyone of our patients oral health and will help you come up with a solution that best fits your needs.

Why are dental implants so popular?

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Dental implant technology has been around for decades now. It has been proven that dental implants are the best way to replace your missing teeth. In fact, dental implants are a far superior treatment option when compared to alternatives such as a bridge or denture. But why are dental implants such a good treatment choice? Here are some reasons which explain the popularity of dental implants and why placing dental implants is a wise investment in your oral health:

Do no harm

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they do not harm your remaining teeth. This can not be said of alternative treatment options. For instance, placing a bridge requires that your dentist shaves down two adjacent teeth. This can lead to problems with these anchoring teeth in the near future. As a result, a large percentage of dental bridges fail within the first 5 years. Similarly, wearing dentures can damage your remaining teeth. The teeth which anchor your dentures are the most susceptible of them all. These teeth tend to become loose or develop cavities over time, causing you to lose them eventually. It turns out that only dental implants do absolutely no harm to their adjacent teeth!

Durability of dental implants

Dental implants are superior in quality and longevity to both bridges and dentures. Well placed dental implants can easily last you a lifetime. On the other hand, bridges and dentures typically last for around 5 to 10 years and require frequent replacement throughout their lifetime.

Chewing efficiency

If you like eating without worries, then dental implants are the right option for you. This is because dental implants offer you the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth do. In contrast, dentures offer about 25 to 40% chewing efficiency when compared to natural teeth. That’s a big difference!

Bone preservation

One of the most important functions of dental implants is that they help preserve your jaw bone. Once you lose a tooth, your jaws start to shrink at an accelerated rate. Placing dental implants acts similarly to a tooth root. Implants induce bone remodeling and preserve your bone just like natural teeth do. Unfortunately, bridges and dentures don’t help with bone preservation whatsoever. As a result, wearing dentures or bridges will cause your jaw bone to shrink. This can also lead to the collapse of your facial muscles which causes you to look much older than you really are.

With advancements in modern dentistry, almost anyone is a candidate for dental implants. Placing and restoring dental implants has become much easier and more affordable than ever. If you’re in need of dental implants in San Clemente, be sure to talk to call Oceansight Dental & Implants. We offer complimentary dental implant consultation as well as free second opinions. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Jazayeri. Chances are, there is an affordable solution involving dental implants to help you replace your missing teeth.

What are dental implants made from?

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Each dental implant consists of three individual parts which are implant fixture, abutment and crown. These are typically made from various metals, glasses or ceramics. Here is a bit more information about the different material used to fabricate dental implant parts:

Implant fixture: titanium or ceramic


Implant fixture or post is typically made from medical-grade titanium alloy. Generally, titanium is the metal of choice for use inside of our body. Titanium is an excellent choice of material for dental implants since it is durable, lightweight and non-allergenic. Besides titanium , dental implants are also made from ceramic (zirconia implants) and even machined-metals. Ceramic implant posts are a great alternative to titanium for those who are opposed to having traditional metals in their mouth due to safety and health concerns.

Implant crown: porcelain or ceramic

Implant crowns are made from the same exact material as other crowns. Most implant crowns are made from porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic (zirconia). Both porcelain and zirconia crowns offer great aesthetics, function and durability. However, ceramic crowns are stronger than porcelain and less likely to fracture. Ceramic crowns are a better option when there are heavy bite forces or grinding habits present. Talk to your dentist to determine what is the best type of implant crown for your needs.

Abutment material: metal, ceramic, gold and more!

Abutment is the intermediate part which connects your implant crown to implant post. Usually, abutment material is similar to crowns which includes metal, ceramics and even gold. Ceramic abutments look the most natural looking and recommended for highly aesthetic cases, such as when replacing your front teeth. However, abutments are typically not as visible as the crown itself which is why abutment material is usually not a major concern. A metal abutment typically ends up looking just as good as a ceramic one in most cases.

If you have questions about the type of material used in your dental implants, be sure to discuss them with Dr. Jazayeri. We place about 400 dental implants per year at our San Clemente, CA dental office, so it’s very important for us to use a reliable and durable implant. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (949) 481-2540 and we would be happy to answer your questions and concerns.

How long does dental implant treatment usually take?

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Age is not a major indicator of implant healing times and you can qualify at any age for dental implan

Dental implant treatment times vary widely depending on the complexity of your case. Treatment times can be as little as 3 to 4 months to well over a year. Generally, dental implant treatment takes substantially longer than other dental treatments. The process of your implant posts integrating with your jaw bone is known as osseointegration. This refers to bone growing into the tiny crevices located on implant fixture and locking the implant in place. Typically, osseointegration takes about 3 to 8 months. This explains why most dental implant procedures take longer to finish. Implant healing times depend on many different factors, such as:

  • Bone quality and quantity
  • Medical history
  • List of medications
  • History of smoking or uncontrolled diabetes

The one thing we did not mention here was age. It turns our that age is not a major indicator of implant healing times. While older people generally heal at a slower pace, aging does make your jaw bone stiff. This actually benefits your dentist who is trying to lock in your implant post into the jaw bone. So whether you’re in your 70s, 80s or even past the century mark, dental implants might be a suitable treatment option for you! If you would like to learn more about dental implants in San Clemente then give Oceansight Dental & Implants a call. Dr. Jazayeri will perform an examination and determine if you qualify for dental implant treatment.

Can you place a dental implant at the same time as removing a tooth?

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    For immediate implant placement you need to extract the bad tooth without damaging your jawbone.

Absolutely! This process is known as immediate dental implant placement. Your dentist first extracts your bad tooth. Next, he or she cleans out the tooth extraction site to ensure there is no infection left behind. Finally, your dentist will place the implant post into the extraction site. This entire treatment, known as immediate dental implant placement, is performed during one visit. Immediate placement saves you time and spares you additional surgeries. Plus, immediate implant placement on average cuts down 3 to 4 months from your implant treatment times. To see if you qualify for immediate dental implant placement, call us at (949) 481-2540. Visit us at our San Clemente dental office (S. Orange County) and Dr. Jazayeri will help you determine if you qualify for immediate implant placement.

Can you receive you implant and crown right away?

Under the right circumstances you might be able to receive a crown at the same time as placing a dental implant. This process is known as immediate dental implant load. First, your dentist will insert the implant post into your jaw bone. If there is enough stability, he or she will add the abutment as well as a temporary or permanent crown on top of the implant post. Immediate dental implant load is a great option for restoring your front teeth so you don’t have to walk around with a tooth missing for too long. However, not everyone qualifies for immediate implant load. For instance, if you have multiple missing teeth, a heavy bite or tooth grinding habit, then immediate implant load is considered too risky and should be avoided. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for same day implant and crown, be sure to give us a call at (949) 481-2540. Come visit us at our downtown San Clemente office in South Orange County to see if you qualify for immediate load dental implant treatment.

How do I clean my dental implant(s)?

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Fortunately, caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss your dental implants as you would any other tooth with a toothbrush and dental floss. Be sure to keep up with your regular dental cleanings to avoid bone loss around the implant post. The good news is that dental implants don’t develop tooth cavities like natural teeth since they are metal-based objects. But you still need to clean your implants everyday to avoid losing bone around them. If you have any more questions about maintaining your dental implants, give us a call. We can be reached at (949) 481-2540 and would be glad to offer you advise on how to care for your dental implants. Better yet, come into our San Clemente, Orange County office and we will review your oral hygiene along with implant care.

Dental implants in San Clemente, Orange County:

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If you’re looking for quality, affordable dental implants in Orange County, be sure to give us a call first.

Call us if you are looking for quality, affordable dental implants in San Clemente or the rest of south Orange County. We are conveniently located in beautiful downtown San Clemente, CA not too far from San Diego as well. You can schedule your complimentary dental implant consultation with Dr. Jazayeri by calling (949) 481-2540 or book online on our website today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your X-rays and CT scans to see if you’re indeed a good candidate for dental implant treatment. We will review different treatment options to help you reach your desired final goal. Additionally, we will discuss treatment costs and expenses to make sure you know upfront what to expect. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call today to see how dental implants can change the way you eat, talk and look. Dental implants don’t just change your appearance, they change your entire life! If you’re ready to get started, fill out the following form and we will be sure to contact you within 24 hours:

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Definition of Dental Implant Terminology

Abutment

An abutment is a dental implant component which connects the implant post to the implant crown. Abutments are typically made from metal, although full ceramic options are available as well.

All-on-four dental implants

A full set of prosthetic teeth which is completely supported by four or more dental implants. All-on-four teeth replace all of your missing teeth in each arch with fixed, permanent teeth made from porcelain or zirconia.

Bone Graft

Bone substance used to preserve and restore jaw bone during dental implant treatment. Bone graft comes in many varieties including synthetic bone cadaver bone, animal bone and your own bone.

Ceramic Implant Post

A dental implant post which is made from zirconia instead of traditional titanium alloy. Zirconia dental implant posts are a good option for those allergic to metals or suffering from autoimmune conditions where they don’t react well to titanium.

Crown (Implant crown)

A crown is an artificial tooth, consisting of porcelain or ceramic, which covers the implant to resemble a tooth. Crowns function and look like your natural teeth.

CT Scan (or CBCT scan)

A 3-D image of your jaw structure used in implant dentistry. CT scans capture vital structures and your bone thickness to better assist your dentist in correctly positioning your implant posts.

Dental Implant

An artificial tooth which fully replaces your missing tooth. Dental implants typically consist of three parts: Implant post, abutment and crown.

Denture

Removable teeth which replace your missing teeth and supporting gum tissue. There are many different types of dentures based on how many teeth you are missing and where these teeth are located.

Full mouth dental implants

A complex process to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Full mouth dental implants requires building up your bone and replacing your teeth with 8 to 12 dental implants. The end results is fixed, permanent crowns and bridges fully supported by dental implants.

Healing Cap (Permucosal extension)

An implant part which temporarily attaches to your implant post. Healing caps are typically placed during second stage surgery. They remain in place for a few weeks and allow your gums to properly form around the implant in anticipation of your final crown.

Immediate load

A process by which an implant post receives a temporary crown or denture the same day as it is placed. Immediate load is only recommended for teeth-in-a-day or missing front teeth in those who qualify.

Immediate placement

A process by which your dentist removes your bad tooth and places the implant post in one day. Immediate load is recommended for teeth which don’t have extensive bone loss or infection.

Implant dentistry

A branch of dentistry which focuses on restoring your missing teeth with dental implants or implant supported prosthesis. Typically performed by experienced general dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons.

Implant post

A screw-like device which is placed in your jaw bone. Implant posts are usually made from titanium or zircoina. Implant posts are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.

Osseointergation

A process by which the implant post fuses and locks into your jaw bone.
Osseointegration usually takes between 3 to 9 months, depending on the quality of your jaw bone and overall health.

Overdentures

A set of dentures anchored in place via 2 to 4 implant posts or an implant bar. Overdentures are still removable dentures, however, they are more stable since they are supported by a few implant posts.

Second stage surgery

A minor procedure performed after your dental implants complete their osseointegration. Your dentist exposes the implant posts, placed healing caps on them and sutures your gums to allow them to heal properly.

Teeth-in-a-day

A process by which your bad teeth are removed and a set of teeth are inserted into your mouth all on the same day. Teeth-in-a-day is temporarily placed screwed in place while your dental implants continue to heal so that you are not walking around toothless during the recovery period.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

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