Dental Implants

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What is a dental implant?

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A dental implant is a metal fixture which is inserted into your jawbone to support a crown or denture on top. Since dental implants don’t harm other teeth the way that dentures and bridges do, they are the best option to replace your missing teeth. Plus, dental implants are superior in quality, longevity and durability to both bridges and dentures. Finally, implants help preserve your jawbone over the years, whereas bridges and dentures do not do such thing.

With advancements in modern dentistry, placing and restoring dental implants has become much simpler and more affordable than ever. If you are in need of dental implants, be sure to talk to us first before convincing yourself that you’re not a candidate or can’t afford them. 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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Dental implants are typically made from medical-grade titanium alloy which is durable, light-weight and non-allergic. Zirconium and machined-metal implants are also available but not as popular. Titanium is the metal of choice for use inside of our body due to its strength, light-weight and biocompatibility. In fact, similar titanium alloys are used to design hip and knee joint implants. Dental implants have a thread design which makes them look and function like a screw. These threads increases the surface area and allow your jawbone to lock them into place and integrate with bone.

How long does implant treatment typically take?

Treatment time vary typically from 3 to 4 months to well over a year. Healing time depends on bone density, your medical history and other factors. Implant integrate with your bone through a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is bone growing into the tiny crevices located on the dental implant fixture. Typically, osseointegration takes takes 3 to 6 months which explains why most implant procedures take this long as well. Note that more complex treatments which require advanced bone augmentation take even longer, possibly up to a year or longer.

Can you place a dental implant at the same time as removing an infected 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 implant placement. During immediate placement, your dentist will extract your bad tooth, clean out the infection and place the implant fixture at the same time. This is all performed during the same appointment, saving you time and additional surgeries. Immediate placement cuts down 3 to 4 months on your treatment time. Plus, it eliminates the need for an additional surgery.

Can you place a crown on top of dental implant right away?

Yes, occasionally you can place a crown on top of the implant right away. This process is known as immediate implant load. Your dentist inserts the implant fixture, adds the abutment and a temporary or permanent crown on the same visit. This is a great option for front teeth where you don’t want to have a missing tooth for too long. However, not every case qualifies for immediate implant load. For instance, if you have multiple missing teeth, a heavy bite or severe grinding habit then immediate implant load is considered too risky.

How do I maintain and clean my dental implant?

Caring for your dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss your implants as you would any other tooth and keep your regular dental cleanings. The good news is that dental implants don’t develop cavities like natural teeth do because they are metal-based. Of course, you still need to clean your implants because you can lose bone around them if you fail to upkeep proper hygiene.

If you’re looking for dental implants in or around San Clemente, be sure to give as call us at (949) 481-2540 or book online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your X-rays to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. He will review treatment options to help you reach your goals. Call us today to see how implants can change the way you eat, talk and look.

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